According to the Mishna in Kiddushin 29, backed by the Braitah (in place), father's Mitzvos (definition not clear) upon his son(s) are only the follows:

  1. Circumcise
  2. Redeem the firstborn
  3. Teach Torah
  4. Marry him off
  5. Teach him a profession
  6. (some say) Teach him to swim.

This list seems to lack a couple of important obligations discussed elsewhere, such as Chinuch for Mitzvos (see Mishnah in Succah about one's obligation to provide his sons with 4 Minim and a Succah) or Reciting the Aggadah (mentioned numerous times in Torah and Rambam's explicit Mitzvah) or Maintaining a healthy lifestyle (Rambam's Yilchot Deot). There are also monetary obligations, such as Takkanat Ushah.

  1. Can you think of additional Mitzvos missing?
  2. What can be a reason for such a partial list?
  • Isn't the list a list of things that are specifically on the father to do? Mar 11, 2018 at 15:15
  • @Uber_Chacham No, it seems that a father takes a precedence, but they are not limited to fathers. See Milah, Pidyon, Talmud Torah.
    – Al Berko
    Mar 11, 2018 at 15:30


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