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Questions tagged [taamei-mitzvot-reasons]

reasons (as best as we can understand them) for the Mitzvot/Commandments

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Our relation relationship with Hashem

Avos states, "Do not be as servants who are serving the master in order to receive a reward, rather be as servants who are serving the master not in order to receive a reward." Yet, Mesillas Yesharim ...
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Why can't the Amida be repeated without a minyan?

If one purpose of the repetition of the Amida is to allow those who are not expert in prayer to be exempted of their obligation to pray (as per the Shulchan Aruch, O"C 124:1) why isn't this same ...
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The underlying reason for Shemitat Ksafim?

I've researched the topic for a while and I could not find a single interpreter discussing the reason (טעם המצווה) for canceling loans after the Shemitah Year. I know it is a Machloket (see my ...
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Why is sleep described as imprisonment?

Every night, we make the Berachah of המפיל חבלי שנה על עיני, Who causes the binds of sleep to fall on my eyes (Berachos 60b; SA OC 239:1), and in the morning, we make the Berachah of מתיר אסורים, Who ...
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Why do we wave the Lulav / etrog?

The mitzvah mentioned in the Torah just says to "take" 4 species. The Torah doesn't mention anything about waving them. The Talmud mentions waving them at certain points in Hallel, but there doesn't ...
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Why is the laining identical on the first 2 days of Sukkot?

The laining is chosen (on many holidays) to deal with the holiday, itself. As the Rambam explains, וקוראין בעניין המועד, לא בסדר השבת. ומשה רבנו תיקן להן לישראל, שיהיו קוראין בכל מועד, עניינו; ...
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How women's Ptur from time-related Mitzvot works?

THis is a follow-up question to the long-forgotten "why-are-women-exempt..." (2011). What is the meaning of the word Patur (exempt) here - does it mean like דחויה or הותרה? Were they obligated on Mt ...
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Why does water purify?

The Torah states that immersion in a mikveh of water purifies a person from Tuma (spiritual impurity). Why does water do this? Is there some kind of spiritual powers imbued in water? Or is this just ...
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Reason why pressing on an animal throat is forbidden during shechitah

The Rambam writes (MT Shechita 3:1) about five factors that disqualify ritual slaughter (shechitah). One of them (3:11) is dirasah, pressing on animal throat (based on the gemara in Chulin 30b) For ...
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Why is eating meat from living animals wrong?

Why is it wrong to eat meat from a living animal? Is it because it is cruel? Is it because it is impure? Why is it?
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Why are there degrees of impurity?

Why does the Torah outline many different degrees of impurity טומאה with different purification methods? You have corpse-impurity which requires sprinkling with the water of the red heifer during a ...
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Why sprinkle on the third day?

Parshat Chukat describes the purifying ritual of the red heifer and records that one is impure for 7 days, but the process requires that one sprinkle on the third and seventh day. Aside from one ...
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Why is there no mitzvah for an individual to write his own mezuzah?

Ramba"m states that there is a mitzvah for every individual to write his own Torah. This mitzvah can be accomplished by writing one letter. Why is there no mitvah for writing a mezuza. It seems that ...
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What are reasons of מצוות עונה marital sex?

Besides the reason of having children, are there other reasons to the מצוות עונה (marital sex)?
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What is the “good of marriage” in Jewish thought?

In Christian philosophy, many ancient philosophers such as Aquinas and Augustine speak about the "good of marriage." Marriage is "good", they argue, because it leads to offspring, chastity and ...
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Why is the prohibition against one man murdering another considered a “mitzvah sichlis”, while fish and animals may prey on each other?

Why is The prohibition against one man murdering another [רציחה] considered a "mitzvah sichlis", a logically understood mitzvah, (as quoted in שמונה פרקים להרמב"ם פרק ו) while fish and animals may ...
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Why is the Tetragrammaton unutterable?

Why is it not allowed to pronounce God's four letter name ywvh? Is there a reason for this? Is it such a great taboo as to be unforgivable?
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Whats the point of the tzizit in back?

If tzizit are supposed to remind you of Hashem and the Mitzvoh whats the point of the tzizit in back? It's rare you see them at all even if you don't tuck them in.
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mitzvos and middos

i heard the idea that mitzvos are to improves character what is/are the source/s for this? do others argue? what i found is in the name of the Ramban here and here but were it the original Ramban? ...
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Why is it forbidden to eat after the Qorban Pesah?

The Mishnah (Pesahim 10:8) states (Hebrew, English): אין מפטירין אחר הפסח אפיקומן They may not add an afikoman after the Pesach offering. The commentators (e.g. Bartenura) explain that this ...
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Other reasons to start teaching children with Vayikra

The Midrash (Tanchuma Tzav #14, Vayikra Rabbah 7:3) advises one to start teaching their children with parshas Vayikra, since the korbonos are pure, just like children are pure. This is brought by the ...
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What’s the reason behind having to use specifically animal skin for klaf?

What’s the reasoning behind the need to use animals per se as opposed to any other paperlike material for klaf (to write on)? Is there significance in the need to take the life of an animal for the ...
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Is scissors vs. straight blade really a significant difference? [duplicate]

While listening to a presentation being given by an orthodox Jew, he made a comment about shaving, and how he had to use an electric razor past a certain point on his face. It was just a ...
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Reason for prohibition of charging interest [duplicate]

The Torah says that charging interest on a loan to a Jew is prohibited, but to an idol worshipper it is permitted. My question is why? I can think of three possible answers: 1) There is a time value ...
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Why some Korbanot male while others are female?

Why do some korbanot need to be brought as male animals, and some as female animals?
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Is the Sefer Hachinuch actually about reasons for mitzvos?

(Inspired by the answers given by @רבות מחשבות and @mevaqesh to this question.) When people speak about reasons for mitzvos they generally mean something along the lines of "God commanded us to do ...
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Resource on reasons/intention for mitzvot

I would like to know if there is a resource, preferably a book, that gives the reason/intention of specific mitzvot. My question stems from a shiur i heard from rabbi akiva tatz. Where he said ...
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Why is alcohol not prohibited?

I came across a post on Mi Yodea about the Torah approach to alcohol and a lot of it seems pretty negative. For example, Brachot 40a - 'grapes cause sorrow to the world', Yoma 76 - wine is called יין ...
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Why is a Torah written by a woman not considered a kosher Torah?

My question is based on an earlier question in this community: Would a woman be permitted to write a sefer Torah? Quoting one of the answers: This scroll wouldn't fulfill the biblical commandments ...
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Why the 7 laws for Bnei Noach do not include Shabbat or the separation between clean/unclean animals [duplicate]

I would like to ask why the Bnei Noah are not required to keep shabbat whereas the Shabbat has been holy since the first week of creation and has been given to humanity not only to AM Ysrael? In fact ...
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Why is Hakhel done specifically after the shemittah year is completed?

Devarim 31:10-12 mentions that at the end of shemittah (Sabbatical) year all of Israel should gather during the holiday of Succot to hear the Torah read. I gather that the reason Succot is chosen is ...
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Is there any rabbinic commentary that explains why God commanded Moshe to write all the words of the Torah on stones instead of on animal parchment

Is there any rabbinic commentary that explains why God commanded Moshe to write all the words of the Torah on stones instead of on animal parchment? Devorim 27 (8). Moshe is commanded: “You shall ...
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Why may one not make a business out of hunting wild animals?

Sheviis 7:4: צָדֵי חַיָּה עוֹפוֹת וְדָגִים שֶׁנִּזְדַּמְּנוּ לָהֶם מִינִים טְמֵאִין, מֻתָּרִים לְמָכְרָן. רַבִּי יְהוּדָה אוֹמֵר, אַף מִי שֶׁנִּתְמַנָּה לוֹ לְפִי דַרְכּוֹ, לוֹקֵחַ וּמוֹכֵר, ...
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stubbing your toe and peace with you wife, what is the connection

one of the reasons for lighting shabbos candles is "peace in the home" shulchan aurch harav 263.1 explains "peace in the home" that not to stub you foot on wood or stone the mishna torah megila 4:...
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If the Torah tells us to love the stranger, וַאֲהַבְתֶּם, אֶת-הַגֵּר is there a command to love one's husband/wife?

If the Torah tells us to love the stranger, וַאֲהַבְתֶּם, אֶת-הַגֵּר is there a command to love one's husband/wife?
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What is the purpose of the bowing in the Amidah?

We bow in the Amidah as it says in Sh O, O Ch 113 (1) These are the blessings at which we bow: In the Shemoneh Esrei at the prayer of Avot and at the end, In Modim in the beginning and at the ...
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Why do we make the non-havdalah Brachos at havdalah if they're not necessary for the mitzvah?

As discussed here, not having spices or a flame does not prevent one from doing havdalah. All of them have their reasons for being a part of the service (see this Aish article, point #5, for those ...
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why the rapist is not obligated to marry when the girl was older then 12 and a half years old

Rambam Naarah Betulah Chapter One Halacha 3 ...When, however, a woman who is raped or her father do not desire that she marry the rapist, they have that prerogative. [In such an instance,] he must ...
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What's the meaning of not eating animals with blood? [closed]

You can't eat blood, or stuff with blood in it. (Cooked pig blood is a popular cuisine choice in Jakarta.) Actually what is the meaning of not eating stuff with blood in it? Is it because you can't ...
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Reason for Ein Onshim Min HaDin

There's a concept that אין עונשים מן הדין that appears a bunch of times throughout Shas (Makkos 5b for example). It basically means we don't learn out punishments the same way we learn out obligations....
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For what purpose do married women need to cover their hair

I'm looking for a sourced reason for what purpose married women (as opposed to women who were never married) need to cover their hair. I have found that it is assumed that it is to make her less ...
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why nidda every month and its purpose? [closed]

Am afraid if my question is impolite and not acceptable under terms of this site but I also think that it is important to know the truth so. I would like to know more about why do women have ...
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What is the spiritual significance that the Sefer Torah is in a Scroll format?

I have read the Q&A at: Why does the Torah have to be in a scroll format But what I am looking for in this question is something that goes beyond the purely legal and technical (halachic) reasons ...
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Pirkei Avot 2:1 - What does “major” vs. “minor” mean in terms of Rabbinical vs. Torah mitzvot?

Follow up to this M.Y. question. In summary, Pirkei Avot says that we should not compare "major" vs. "minor" mitzvoth for we don't know the reward given to mitzvoth. Frequently, we actually DO ...
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Why was the use of the tallit instituted as halacha?

This article implies that the mitzvah of wearing tzitzit is required only when one wears a four-cornered garment. If one never wore such a garment, one need not wear tzitzit at all. Citation: The ...
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Why should the voice of a woman be viewed as being different than that of a man, for the sake of “singing in public”? [duplicate]

Why should the voice of a woman be viewed as being different (according to Jewish Law) than that of a man, for the sake of "singing in public"?
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why say the פסוק of ויהי נועם before mitzvos?

it seems that, at least according to nusach sefard and I would assume edut hamizrach, that before mitzvos and brachos we say this pasuk. Particularly before the bracha of sefiras haomer most have this ...
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What is the point of davening, when Hashem will give us what is best for us?

In this related question, it is discussed why we daven in the first place. The question still remains: I could very well ask for what I want, even if it's detrimental to me. For that matter, I could ...
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Why is a safek d'oraisa lechumra and a safek d'rabbanan lekula?

It is an established principle that when in doubt regarding a Torah law we rule stringently, whereas when in doubt regarding a Rabbinic law we rule leniently. Why is this the case? Why aren't we ...
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Why read the hagadda on Shabbos Hagadol?

My family has a custom to read the hagadda on the Shabbos before Pesach, from עבדים היינו until לכפר על עוונותינו. This custom is mentioned in many hagaddos, and in the Ezras Torah Luach (although ...