What mitzvos is a Jewish slave (a Jew owned by a Jew mentioned Shemot 21,2) obligated in?

Is a Jewish slave obligated in time bound mitzvos? or he obligated to the same mitzvos as a woman?

Sources please

  • Positive? Negative? Please clarify this sitch
    – Dr. Shmuel
    Commented Apr 30, 2020 at 18:49
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    Unless you already know the answer, why would you think that a male slave is obligated like a woman?
    – DonielF
    Commented Apr 30, 2020 at 20:52
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    @Doniel because Eved Kenani is generally only obligated like a woman
    – Double AA
    Commented Apr 30, 2020 at 21:01
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    @Double Like I said, unless you already know the answer this question makes no sense.
    – DonielF
    Commented Apr 30, 2020 at 22:37
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    @DonielF I don't know the answer [for sure but I strongly assume it's that he's obligated in everything]
    – Double AA
    Commented Apr 30, 2020 at 22:37

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An eved Ivri is still Chayav in all Mitzvos, as it says in Teshuvos Radvaz 4,1259

הרי עבד עברי חייב בכל מצות שבתורה

The Radvaz continues that there is a Dispute between the Rambam and Onklos whether min Hatorah a yisroel can marry a *shifcha canaanis

  • shifcha Canaanis which is prohibited from thee Torah "Lo Yihye Kadesh" (devarim 23,18)which is explained by Onkles one should not marry a slavewoman (Rashi Kidushin 69a)

  • He was allowed mideorasa to marry her and only prohibited miderabanan and the rabbis lifted their decree with an Eved Ivri as the Torah says the master can force him to marry a Shifcha (Maharashdam Yore dea 196 interpretation of Rambam Avadim perek 3)

According to the Rambam there is absolutely no difference Mideoraisa between a regular yisroel and an eved Ivri, whereas rashi and onklos hold an eved ivri exempt from one Mitzva of marrying a shifcha Canaanis which is prohibited to a Yisroel mideoraisa.


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