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Questions tagged [mitzvah]

Mitzvah - commandment. This tag is for questions about the nature of commandments or the status of being a commandment. (However, many particular commandments have their own tags.)

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Are there any specific laws and consequences for claiming to be God?

Is there a specific command to not equate yourself to God? For instance, someone says, "I am God." This someone is a believer and a member of the Jewish faith, not an unbeliever. I'm curious if ...
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Is it true that on Shabbat Purim, one holds a mock service instead of a real one?

At my synagogue this past evening, we held a Shabbat Service. However, it was not a conventional service, as after lighting the Shabbat candles and reciting Kiddush, the service basically became a ...
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Must there be explicit assigning of a Shaliach?

I don't really understand the laws of shlichut, designating a proxy to perform a mitzvah so I hope the question makes sense. Does someone have to assign me the role of shaliach on his behalf, or can ...
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Donating to the poor ON Purim

In minyan this morning, the gabbai said that money given to the shul as matanot l'evyonim would be donated to a charity which will "distribute it to evyonim in Yerushalayim, on Purim." I live in the ...
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What constitutes “sending” Manot?

On Purim, I will drive around and deliver my mishloach manot. However, if a person is not home, I might leave the package at his door. If he doesn't arrive until days later, have I still satisfied my ...
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Is it possible to keep the entire Torah?

I once read that when we look at our tzitzit we're reminded of our obligation to keep all 613 commandments (and possibly more). Because it's written: 'And you shall see it and remember all the mitzvot ...
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Peru Urevu Halacha question [duplicate]

If a jewish male donates sperm to a jewish couple who cannot have children for whatever purpose. By donating sperm does the donor fulfill the mitzvah of Peru Eruvu? If the answer is yes, then the ...
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Reward and punishment for indirect mitzvot and averot

If I create something with a certain purpose, and it's used for another purpose (good or bad), do I have a share in the mitzvot or averot people made with my creation? I'll give three examples to make ...
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Adding stones or bricks to the Bais Hamikdash

As a child I was told, and now my children are being told, that when they do a Mitzva a brick gets added to the Bais Hamikdash. As pointed out by DoubleAA, the Rambam says that it is preferable to ...
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Do the Kabbalistic views on Taamei Hamitzvoth contradict Rambam's and Hirsch's?

So according to Rambam and other Rabbis, such as R' Hirsch, the mitzvoth are supposed to give us some ideas, some philosophies, to refine our ethics, or to achieve some practical objective. What ...
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Is it a mitzvah to plant a tree in Israel?

I recently planted a tree in a Keren Kayemet forest in Eretz Israel. I heard from someone that this is a mitzvah, but when I asked a rabbi he wasn't sure although he acknowledged it was a very good ...
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Mitzvah of walking in Eretz Israel [duplicate]

I heard that every 4 or 2 amot walked in Eretz Israel is a mitzvah. Is this true? If it is, from where do we learn this?
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Does one violate the Torah prohibition of tormenting a widow if she has remarried?

Does one violate the Torah prohibition (Ex. 22:21) of tormenting a widow if she has remarried? You may be inclined to say that the purpose of the Mitzvah is because she's defenseless and the Torah ...
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Is the commandment 'You shall not murder' the most important commandment in Judaism? [closed]

Does the rule 'You shall not murder' stand above all other rules in Judaism?
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Why do some of the Ten Commandments include Noahide Laws?

Of the Seven Noahide Laws, at least three are identical to one of the Ten Commandments. To be specific I am referring to Do not murder Do not steal Do not deny God Do not blaspheme I understand that ...
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May one beautify his Payos?

Rashi (B'reshis 37:2) calls it an "an act of immaturity [to fix one's] hair (...) so he would look good". Obviously, payos are made from hair, but they are not considered regular hair within kabbala (...
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Effect of mitzvos of ordinary people

Is there a source in the rishonim or before, where it says that no matter on what spiritual level the person is, his mitzvah will have a major effect in the spiritual worlds?
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What kind of Tzitzit should a convert wear? [closed]

I am working on an Orthodox conversion and starting to take on mitzvah's I have been looking at getting tzitzits and as i don't have a family background i see they come in different types such as ...
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Weighing mitzvot/aveirot

I apologize for the somewhat vague question; it was difficult to write. I would welcome any specific editing suggestions. What matters in the calculation of a person's righteousness? Is it: Number ...
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Why can't we light Channukah Candles in the Day

We are commanded to light Channukah candles at night, to usher in each day of the holiday, and, if my memory serves me, we may light as long as there are people outside who can see the candles (ad ...
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Does this count as Tzedakah?

I found out there's an app that gives money to charity depending on how much you run. You can choose between dozens of organizations that help stop hunger, help the homeless, cure cancer, provide ...
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Is cheating in a test an Averah?

I'm a student and I recently asked myself if cheating in a test is an Averah. I've always believed it obviously is, but after thinking it through I can't think of a specific Averah that would include ...
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Why no bracha on marrying?

If we are commanded to marry, why no bracha "sanctified by your commandments". (Marriage is #70 on Rambam's list of mitzvot, see: http://www.jewfaq.org/613.htm.)
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Arba Misos- 1 Mitzvah or 4?

Tosfos on Makos 2a (Kol Hazomemin) brings a Tosefta which says that if you can't give someone their destined Arba Misos (meaning the one their Aveira warranted), you can give them a different one, ...
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Davening Under the Influence

I am standing on the shoulders of the many related "ad d'lo yada" questions but am particularly inspired by this question and a particular comment. "If I'm drunk I'm patur from davening. So what's ...
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What if a Mezuzah is mistakenly removed?

Say a non-Jewish tradesman, like a painter, is working on a door and removes the Mezuzah without really knowing what he's doing. Is the Mezuzah still kosher? Could I say a Bracha and put it back as ...
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Is every fourth step in EY a mitzvah?

i've heard a rav saying that every fourth step you do in Eretz Yisrael is considered a mitzva. does someone have a sources for this?
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Is there a constant Mitzvah for women?

Is there a constant mitzvah for women in Judaism such as there is for men(i.e. torah learning)? Thanks!
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Wrapping Tefillin vs. Wearing Tefillin

When we put on tefillin, we (I am Ashkenazi) say 2 brachot -- l'haniach tefillin and al mitzvat tefillin. The second makes sense -- I am making a bracha on fulfilling the mitzvah of tefillin. But ...
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Are animals commanded (Bereishit 1:22)?

In two places in parshat Bereishit Gd commands "be fruitful and multiply". The second place is the familiar commandment directed to humans (Gen 1:28). In the first place, the same words are used but ...
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What mitzvot existed for humanity prior to Noach?

I am aware that Ramba"m lists the commandment of "Be fruitful and multiply" (Breishit 1) as being the first mitzvah listed in the Torah (See Minyan Hamitzvot #212). However, this mitzvah is not one of ...
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can I smell my esrog?

There is such a concept of something that is 'huktzah l'mitzvasa' (set aside for its mitzvah observance), I was wondering about the smelling of the esrog and how this rule would be applied to it?
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Protecting love for Hashem

The Sh'ma opens with the commandment to love the L_rd your G_d with all your heart, all your soul and all your resources. To help protect the sanctity of Shabbat, there are laws which build a fence ...
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Would a non-Israeli Jewish king need to write a sefer Torah?

In Deuteronomy/Devorim 17:14, and 17:18-20 we see that a king of Israel is required to write a copy of the Torah to read and keep with him always. Would a convert to Judaism, who is a king of another ...
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Why can't we distribute mitzvah obligations around the community?

How do we know from the Torah that it would not be sufficient just to have some people doing davening, others doing negel vasser, others doing tzitzit, others doing hachnosas kallah, others doing ...
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Practical עשה דוחה לא תעשה

There are a few examples frequently offered for the rule "עשה דוחה לא תעשה": Someone whose garment has four corners and linen can nonetheless put wool tzitzis on it. This is unlikely nowadays, when ...
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What are the mitzvot that a gentile is forbidden to do?

I know that some mitzvot like keeping shabbat, putting tefillin are forbidden for a gentile to do because they are a sign of the covenant between Israel and HaShem. What are the full list of the ...
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Does the gentile seeking conversion have more obligations than a Noahide Person?

I am a gentile seeking to convert to Judaism, but I can't make a contact with a Beit Din since there is no Rabbi in my country neither an active Synagogue. But I am very serious toward conversion and ...
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Is a gentile obliged to get married and multiply?

We all know that a Jew is obliged to get married and have children. It's considered that a man is not complete until he gets married. I am not sure if a Jew won't have a share in Olam HaBa if he/she ...
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What biblical positive mitzvot do we perform daily?

What biblical positive mitzvot do we perform often (daily or almost daily)? I am asking about physical actions we take rather than thoughts such as: "You shall love a convert", Devarim 10:19 "Love ...
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The Chofetz Chaim on a meis mitzvah

In Ginzei Hakodesh on page 333 it says the following: "'The wise man buys mitzvos - particularly when we are speaking of 'meis mitzvah,' one that is neglected as if it were dead. It is well known ...
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Mitzvah and Connection

Heard from someone that מצוה, commandment, is associated with the Aramaic word צוותא, connection or togetherness. In addition, Rabbi Moshe Zeldman says, "The word Mitzvah is often translated as ...
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How to fulfill the Mitzvah of bikkur hollim for someone that's contagious?

A close friend recently got infected with shingles, a contagious disease. I would like to fulfill the Mitzvah of bikkur hollim (visiting the sick) but do not want to jeapordize my health in the ...
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What is the status of the Yad we use to read from the Torah?

Does the Yad for reading Torah has the status of tashmish mitzvah or tashmish kedusha? Background to the question: Our shul has a BIG yad in extremely bad shape. Impossible to fix anymore. It is ...
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Repetition in Sefer Yere'im

The sefer Yere'im of R. Eliezer of Metz which lists the 613 mitzvos seems to count several identical mitzvos. E.g. mitzvos 25-30 (according to the newer editions). Although I could creatively ...
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Intrinsic Value of Mitzvot

The question is the following: do mitzvot have intrinsic value, or only extrinsic value. A ramification of this is the following scenario: A person has two ways of performing an act; one of them would ...
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Are all mitzvot in Torah meant to be kept forever?

Nissan Dovid Dubov, in The Eternal Nature of the Torah, says: The Talmud teaches that mitzvahs will be nullified in the Messianic age. How do we reconcile this with Judaism’s cardinal principal ...
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Eating specifically fruit of shmitta

Is there an inyun to specifically eat fruits that have kedushas shvi'is? How much must a person go out of their way to buy such fruits? Let's say they cost more, how much more must they spend? Is this ...
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Is there a Mitzvah to buy from Israel?

I'm looking to emphasize the reasons to support Israeli businesses. Would it be correct to add that it is a Mitzvah?
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Only 613 commandments? Can't be!

In the beginning of the sefer Ma'alos HaTorah, authored by the brother of the Vilna Gaon, the question is asked (on the Gemara at the end of Makkos) how the gemara can state that there are only 613 ...