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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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Can someone else put tefillin on a Jew

According to Halacha, Is the actual mitzvah of tefillin on having it on your body or placing it on your body? The reason I ask is because if it’s the former, you could sit still and have someone else ...
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How many times was the mitzvah of " עָשׂוּ לִי מִקְדָּשׁ - Make for me a Sanctuary" fulfilled?

In a sefer Haycha Timtzah, which received Haskamos from the likes of HaRav Moshe Feinstein, he asks the following riddle. Riddle: Where do we find one of the 613 Mitzvos that was fulfilled only 6 ...
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Torah source for lighting Shabbat candles

What is the written Torah source requiring Jews (and/or specifically Jewish women) to light Shabbat candles just before Shabbat begins? My understanding is that mitzvot may only come from the written ...
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ואהבת לרעך כמוך - Commandement to express an emotion?

Where can I find discussions on the topic of ואהבת לרעך כמוך being a commandment to express and feel an emotion. The underlying question is, How can we be commanded to feel a certain way? (This is ...
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Heter for only doing birkat kohanim on Yom Tov

There is a minhag, a predominantly ashkenazc diaspora one, to only do Birkat Kohanim on Yom Tov. My question is what is the Heter for this? There is a general principle we don’t pass up mitzvot when ...
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Minchas Chinuch - Kuntres Bnei Noach ,is it available or lost?

This shabbos I came across a reference to a Kuntres bnei Noach in the Minchas Chinuch Parshas Mishpatim on the mitzvah of Dini geneiva. Has anyone seen this kuntres anywhere ,is it available, is it ...
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Each word of Torah is its own mitzvah for gentiles?

This is a quote from an article I read on torchweb.org "The Vilna Gaon in Shenos Eliyahu explains that each and every word of Torah that we study is its own separate mitzvah with its own separate ...
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Is onaah prohibited for mitzvah items

According to Halacha, Jews should not overcharge significantly when selling items (Onaah) on the principle it’s bad to price higher than a product’s value. However, there are statements throughout ...
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Are the lost tribes of Israel still obligated to this day to keep the 613 mitzvot?

We know that all 12 tribes of Israel (The tribe of Benjamin and Judah plus the 10 lost tribes) were given the Torah at Mount Sinai. And we know that since the destruction of the first temple all ...
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How To Remember The שבע מצוות בני נח?

I once heard an easy way to remember the שבע מצוות בני נח: א = אבר מו החי ב = ברכת השם ג = גזל ד = דינים ה = הרג ו = גילוי עריות ז = עבודה זרה I am not sure if I am remembering ג ו & ז right - I ...
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Is hitbodedut considered a mitzvah?

Do personal prayers to Hashem (hitbodedut) fulfill a mitzvah? It would be a great incentive for me to pray more.
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Commandments for gentiles

Would everyone (Jew and gentile alike) benefit by following these commanments? To know there is a G‑d—Exodus 20:2 Not to entertain thoughts of other gods besides Him—Exodus 20:3 To know that He is ...
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Do tefillin straps have to be animal skin

In Halacha, is there a requirement for the straps made for tefillin to be made out of animal skin such as leather, or no? If there is a requirement, is it Derabbanan, or a Halacha LeMoshe Misinai? Or ...
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How is simchah (joy/enthusiasm) attained?

I want to perform mitzvah's with Simchah. I do what I'm supposed to do out of obligation whether I want to or not but the problem is sometimes I feel tired or I feel lazy (especially when someone ...
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Should gentiles follow more than just seven Noahide laws?

I know that gentiles must follow the 7 Noahide laws. But are there any other moral principles branching out from these that are highly recommended for everyone to follow? In totality, when completely ...
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Minor as a mohel

According to Halacha, is it permissible for a minor (under bar mitzvah) to serve as a mohel and do Brit Milah? What about B’dieved? The reason I ask is because some Poskim hold a woman can serve as ...
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Why does Rambam not learn the prohibition for adultery from Yitro but from Acharei Mot?

Yitro contains 16 mitzvos according to Rambam. Most of them are linked to the 10 commandments but notably one commandment is missing: adultery. Instead he learns this prohibition from Acharei Mot: ...
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I want to study all 613 Mitzvot in depth. Can someone recommend a good book for me to read dedicated to that topic?

Other than the Mishnah and the Talmud , are there any books that give in-depth commentary, explanation, and context for each and every mitzvot? I'm only referring to books soley focused on the topic ...
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When is one exempt from liability when performing a mitzvah

In the Talmud in tractate Bava Kamma 62b a store owner isn’t liable for placing a Hanukkah candle outside, even if it Causes damage to a camel. My question is, does this principle of exemption from ...
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Will the Torah you did learn save you from the Torah you didn't?

On the one hand: Torah study protects forever, in this life, in death, and in the resurrection of the dead. (Sotah 5b, paraphrased) Rabbi Shimon Ben Lakish said: Troubles are removed from all those ...
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Is there obligation to invite people to Seudat nissuin

According to Halacha, is there an obligation for a husband and/or groom to invite others to a Seudat Nissuin? Or are they free to not invite anyone else to the festive meal after the wedding?
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Can a Jew use someone else’s Chumash for Shnayim mikra

According to Halacha, is it permissible for a Jew to fulfill the mitzvah of Shnayim Mikra V’echad Targum by using someone else’s Chumash (with their consent of course)? Or does one have to own the ...
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Minyan or Hachnasat orchim

If one has to choose between the mitzvah of Hachnasat Orchim (welcoming guests) and the mitzvah of davening in a minyan, which takes priority? Like in Halacha, if you have to choose between staying ...
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Why do Jews have more commandments than Noahides?

Out of curiosity. Why are there 613 laws for Jews and only 7 laws for Gentiles, and both Jews and Gentiles will get the same reward for obeying those laws?
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Obligation of Tzitzit with multiple 4 cornered garments

According to Halacha, if one is wearing multiple four cornered garments, is it that each one of them individually is obligated in Tzitzit with a beracha, or is it only one which needs Tzitzit which ...
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Application of the mitzvah of marriage in Jewish men with Asperger’s Syndrome

It is a fact that a Jewish man who does not fulfill the mitzvah of getting married in the chuppah and having children will have to account for it in the Olam HaBa. There are also halachic cases in ...
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Eating/drinking before Birkat Kohanim

According to Halacha, one should not eat a meal before hearing the Shofar blown. Many such as rav Yosef Eliyahu Henkin were Machmir even when it comes to drinking. The source of this general principle ...
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Milchemes mitzvah in Shoftim according to Rambam

According to the Rambam that you need a Melech for a milchemes mitzvah, how does the Rambam understand all the milchamos in the book of Shoftim?
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Which of the Mizvot are the most complicated to adhere to in the modern USA? [closed]

Which of the Mitzvot are the most complicated/difficult to adhere to in the modern USA?
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What do the concepts "worlds" "souls" and "Divinity" mean in Chassidus? [closed]

BH What do the concepts "worlds" "souls" and "Divinity" mean in Chassidus? I have seen these in different places, together main question is from this book in the picture. ...
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Netilat Yadayim with public water fountain

If there is a publicly owned water source that everyone uses (like a public fountain of water), is there an issue with using it for Netilat Yadayim? In this case the liquid is clean. Would it be an ...
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Is the war to protect the State of Israel from attacks from terrrorists a Milchemes Mitzvah

The Rambam in Melachim 5:1 says that one of the cases of Milchemes Mitzvah is coming to the aid of Jews being attacked by an enemy. Does that mean that the war in Gaza (declared on 07/10/2023) is a ...
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In a mixed marriage is the Issur also on the Non-Jew?

As far as I know I have not seen in the 7 laws of Bnei Noach that they have "Lifnei Iver" Now of course a Jew cannot marry a Non-Jew. But is the Non-Jew in question also considered a Rasha? ...
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Should Hamas be treated like Amalek?

Do we say that Hamas's behaviour recently is as bad as Amalek, and therefore we have a mitzvah to completely eradicate them? If so, does that stretch to the whole of Gaza's population or even further? ...
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Why is tzitzis treated as an obligation

Following up on the question asked here: Why do people feel that there is a NEED to wear tzitzit? It seems like the answer is that we wear it to remind us about all the mitzvos. First of all, what is ...
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Aser titasher Talmud bavli Taanith 9a-b

As for the advice to give maaser kesafim, מעשׁר כספים to become rich: Talmud Bavli Taánith 9a-b עַשֵּׂ֣ר תְּעַשֵּׂ֔ר becomes תִּתְעַשֵּׁר עַשֵּׂ֣ר. Why does the Talmud uses ithpael ThiTh’ASheeR in ...
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Percentage of SA halacha per Mitzva breakdown?

Is there a study or depiction (similar to the visualisations at Sefaria, although doesn't have to be a visualisation) that takes the whole of the Shulchan Aruch and traces every single halacha back ...
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The Baal Shem Tov: mitzvos as a gift

I've heard in the name of the Baal Shem Tov, that G-d was wondering what to give the Jewish people in order to perfect themselves. The endresult.... mitzvos, all 613 of them. G-d gave us the Torah and ...
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Are non-Jews rewarded for following the Torah?

Obviously a non-Jew cannot keep Shabbos but what if, for example, they wanted to keep kosher and say brachos on food? Are they rewarded?
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Why did the Rambam single out Ribui?

In Sefer HaMitzvos, Shoresh 2, the Rambam says that anything derived using Rabbi Yishmael's 13 principles of derivation, or a Ribui (extraneous wording which tells us to include new laws), does not ...
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Sefer HaMitzvot and Sefer HaChinuch: Which should I study?

I want to study the 613 Mitzvot, and I was told about both the Sefer HaChinuch and Sefer HaMitzvot and I'm not sure which one to learn from. So, what's the difference? Do they include the exact same ...
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What Mitzvot Can A Non-Jew Not Keep? [duplicate]

What commandments, including any minhagim and the like, are Non-Jews ABSOLUTELY forbidden from keeping (in its entirety)? A famous one is the prohibition of keeping Shabbat, EVEN for a a Non-Jew that ...
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Temurah and Mitzvah HaBah B'Averirah

Masechet Temurah discusses what happens if one makes a temurah -- attempting to designate a replacement for a dedicated offering. Though this is not allowed, the kedushah of the original does (in many ...
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How important is hygiene beyond required washing and mikvah immersion to Jews?

I know that mikvah immersion and ritual washing is required, but what about other bodily hygiene, shaving, teeth, house order, hair and all other hygienically addressable aspects of a modern human? ...
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613 Mitzvot corresponding to the 248 and 365 body parts [duplicate]

Where can I find a chart or list in English of each mitzvah and which body part the mitzvah corresponds to including bones and organs?
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Was Mordechai mekayem "מְכַשֵּׁפָה לֹא תְחַיֶּה"?

Was Mordechai mekayem the mitzvah aseh of מְכַשֵּׁפָה לֹא תְחַיֶּה based off the understanding of the Ramban here that it is a mitzvah Aseh to kill a sorcerer. Using the understanding that Haman was a ...
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Is a person obligated in a Mitzvah that he can only fulfill with assistance?

If a person is unable to perform a Mitzvah on his own - like putting on Tefillin, or holding/shaking the Lulav etc. - is there still a full fledged obligation for him to go through every kind of ...
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Mekayem mitzvah "zecher amalek" by hearing megillah?

By listening or reading the megillah is the mitzvah of zecher amalek being fulfilled?
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What is the true definition of tirtzach? [duplicate]

In Hebrew, the word tirtzach is normally translated to mean murder. In English, murder means unlawful premeditated killing. But if this is the definition of tirtzach, then the commandment lo tirtzach ...
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Finding a check made out to "Cash"

Is it permissible to cash a check that is found in the street, if the check is made out to "cash" and after attempting to locate an owner, none is found. Would it be considered the same as ...
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