In the context of a discussion of the obligation of burying a corpse found on the way:

And an exception is made for the met mitzvah. Should the kohen encounter an abandoned corpse, and no one else is available to bury it, he is commanded to ignore the prohibition against contact with the dead, and he must bury that corpse himself.

One commentary (don't have it handy sorry) linked it to performing mitzvot that are neglected (i.e., 'dead' to most Jews/people). There are Mitsvot that has no one to "support them" like a corpse that has no one to bury it.

I enjoyed this idea and wondered how to put it in practice. Could someone tell me how to do so?

  • Similar: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/3529 – msh210 May 17 '16 at 15:31
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    Techeles. ..... – sam May 17 '16 at 16:03
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    Can this question be answered objectively? – Isaac Moses May 17 '16 at 16:10
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    @IsaacMoses why not? For example, concerning Lo Taasse there are mitsvot that people trample on them. Rabenu Yona in Shaare Teshuva has some Mitsvot. The topic is very classical. – kouty May 19 '16 at 12:26

R Norman Lamm (in a 1965 typeset dvar Torah !, see also here) mentions the source as being the Vilna Gaon (p. 7). He applies it (pp. 8ff) to tsedaka and gives examples such as lending money with no interest, not feeling bad about giving money, mishloach manot (well, that changed!) then shatnez, shaving, rising in front of the elder, minha in a mynian, tzniut. That shows how much the answer to your question changes with time !

I am not aware of any more recent "official source" but I could list a number of rare mitzvot that few of us get a chance to perform

Here is a full list of positive mitzvot if interesting to a reader of the question.

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    Do not we have unloading an animal by physicaly helping someone who can't do by himself (or is that dirabonon? – hazoriz May 17 '16 at 15:12
  • @hazoriz few of us have the opportunity to practice it because few of us meet loaded animals having masters who cannot load/unload them. At least where I live I don't often meet loaded animals – mbloch May 17 '16 at 15:57
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    Does this mitzva not include thing that you do see often? – hazoriz May 17 '16 at 15:58
  • @hazoriz not me but I guess that is the limitation of the question which is quite dependent on the time (see my edits at beginning of my answer) and on the individual – mbloch May 17 '16 at 15:59
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    Do you know lots of people who were obligated in Chalitza and neglected to perform it? – Double AA May 17 '16 at 16:43

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