The concept of Achdut Yisrael is often addressed from a spiritual and emuna perspective - for example the 4 minim being symbolic of achdut yisrael.

In this respect I ask 3 separate yet related questions:

  1. Is there a halachic source/ mitzvat aseh/ derabanan for "achdut yisrael"?

  2. Is there a halachic source/ mitzvat aseh/ derabanan to be individual within shevatim and minhagim - behezkat - "Ish be'diglo" ?

  3. Would "Lo titgodadu" be a mitzvat lo taaseh for not being mekayem achdut Yisrael?

  • Re. 3 Lo Sisgodedu has nothing to do with Achdus. Two Beis Dins in the same city can argue whether one is a Mechalel Shabbos or did a Mitzva – Shmuel Brin Apr 20 '15 at 21:00
  • @Shmuel Those are two different Achduts. – Double AA Apr 20 '15 at 21:10
  • Can you source this interpretation of the 4 Species? – Double AA Apr 20 '15 at 21:10
  • @DoubleAA re species: judaism.stackexchange.com/a/20324 – msh210 Apr 20 '15 at 21:19
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    See the beginning of the Sefer HaMspik of R. Avraham Ben HaRambam where he describes the "private path" which consists of all "inyanim" (for lack of a better word) that are gradational. i.e. one can do more or less of them. For example, one can always love God more, but one cannot shake lulav more; either one has shaken it and fulfilled his obligation, or not. This category includes mitzvos d'oraysa, but also the taamei hamitzvos, their underlying themes, lessons we learn from chachamim, etc., (ayin sham). It is clear from his formulation that these are not optional, although they arent... – mevaqesh Apr 21 '15 at 3:20

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