Presumably a person would still get some Schar for putting in the effort for doing a Mitzvah even if they didn’t end up doing it properly, right? Lfum Tzaarah Agra?


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As yidden, there is a klal machshava kimaisa - that the thought is like doing the action. So if we even think to do a mitzva, we get schar.

  • I do not remember where the gemara is.
    – Kovy Jacob
    Apr 2, 2023 at 5:31
  • I don't know why you got a downvote, but I suspect it's because it's not clear this is what Raphael is asking. It sounds like it might be a performance thing, in which case ignorance of how to perform it properly might get in the way of this principle. BTW the gemara is Kiddushin and I linked an answer about it in my OP comment
    – Rabbi Kaii
    Apr 2, 2023 at 11:15
  • Well if you try to fulfill a mitzvah (albeit improperly), this clearly shows you had intent to do it in your mind, and therefore should get the schar in accordance with the Gemara cited Apr 2, 2023 at 14:13
  • @KovyJacob I believe it appears in Kidushin 40a. Apr 3, 2023 at 14:00
  • @ShmuelKoppel Thanks!
    – Kovy Jacob
    Apr 3, 2023 at 20:17

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