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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Brachos on mitzvos no longer practiced [closed]

I am currently working on a project devising a list of all Brachot ever made in the history of yiddishkeit. So far I have 198, based on prevalent practice today as well as various poskim and, gemara, ...
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Which mitzvot if any can be done passively

Are there any mitzvot that can be done completely passively? I'm wondering which mitzvot, if any, babies or people with physical and mental disabilities can fulfill. One that comes to mind is dwelling ...
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What commandments can a gentile take on?

I'm currently a gentile who believes that Judaism is true. I understand that I don't need to be Jewish to share in the world to come, and I understand that being a Noahide is much easier, however, it ...
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Is making etrog jelly an acceptable use for an etrog?

I recall reading that when one is done with his lulav, he should save it and use it for another mitzvah (such burning chameitz) because once something has been used for a mitzvah it should be used for ...
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Can I influence Mitzvot retroactively?

I heard that you can retroactively influence the Mitzvot you already did. For example, let's say I put on Tefilin everyday, but, in one specific day, I felt really sick and I have to make a really big ...
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Bracha of leshev basuccah sitting down

The Mishna Berura says in three places (that I know of) that every birchas hamizvah must be said standing up (סי' ח' ס"ק ב', סי' תפט שעה"צ ס"ק ז', וסי' תקפה ס"ק א-ב). If this is ...
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When is it wrong to not do a positive mitzvah

I've heard several times in the past (without sources) that it is a big problem for a Jewish man to not wear tzitzis during the day, but why? Isn't it just that we are rewarded for doing it? Does ...
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how is the 10th commandment "לֹ֥א תַחְמֹ֖ד" understood in light of Devarim parshas Nitzavim last pasuk of shlishi?

How is the 10th commandment of the 10 commandments "לֹ֥א תַחְמֹ֖ד" (not to covet) understood in light of the verse in Devarim? The verse in Devarim is, "The hidden things belong to the ...
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Ivdu es Hashem beSimcha in practice

Tehillim 100:2 tells us that we need to serve Hashem with joy. I'm sure that this is something that many people have difficulty with - especially those of us who suffer from mental health issues. Most ...
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Reducing aveiros vs increasing mitzvos

Is it more important to focus on reducing our aveiros than increasing our mitzvos? Does that depend on anything?
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Is it achievable to keep all of Halacha?

There is a principle that the Torah doesn't ask us to do anything that is unreasonable/unachievable (see here). Surely that means that we don't have any excuse to say "this is too much for me&...
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Viduy Ma'aser if the person had done wrong

In Devarim 26:12-15 (https://www.sefaria.org/Deuteronomy.26.15?lang=he&with=all&lang2=he), Parshas Ki Tavo, the Torah prescribes what our sages called, Viduy Maaser. וְאָמַרְתָּ֡ לִפְנֵי֩ ה' ...
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Mitzvot shanah rishonah mechilah

Could a wife be mochel the chiyuv of the husband with regards to the mitzvah of shanah rishonah
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Deeper reason for place where tefillin shel rosh is placed

Does anyone know the deeper reason to why we place the straps of the tefillin shel rosh in a spot where the amygdala is?
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Source: Male & Female Mitzvot Quote

I remember a phrase along the lines of "the virtue of a woman comes from her birth and the virtue of a man comes from his actions" in relation to mitzvot, but I cannot recall/determine its ...
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Is doing mitzvos, specifically thought mitzvos, allowed in the bathroom? [duplicate]

It is brought down by various poskim that Torah study is forbidden in the bathroom, albeit it is a debate whether today’s bathrooms have the same status. May one perform mitzvos in a bathroom? ...
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Spiritual meaning of different segmentations of the 613 Mitzvos

For the lovers of the spiritual and Gematrias. We can segment the number of Mitzvos in many different ways: positive (248) vs negative (365), Mitzvos specifically for men, women, or everyone Temple-...
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Rambam's MT chapters without Biblical founding Mitzvhas

IIRC, The 14 books of MT are all based on Rambam's systematization of the 613 Mitzvos. Most chapters start with the list of the founding Mitzvos from which the rest of the Halochos follow. For example,...
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Destroy Coffee Cup (Vayikra 11:33), when fly dies in beverage?

Considering Vayikra 11:33 - Should a [Restaurant] owner who sees their customer’s ceramic coffee cup ☕️ contains a dead fly, break the cup & dispose (or wash it for future customers)? Question ...
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Differences between Explicit Commands vs. those explained by Chazal?

What practical / halachic differences are there between mitzvos which are spelled out explicitly, and those stated generally e.g. ונשמרת מכל דבר רע, and תשבות, and ועשית הטוב והישר - which Chazal give ...
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תורה אחת יהיה לכם - Are there subjective mitzvos - that vary from person to person?

Generally mitzvos have specific פרטים and שיעורים. For example, the Torah says to bentch (ברכת המזון) once satiated - however it's not left up to each person to decide if they feel satiated - but ...
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Did two and half tribes settled across the Jordan bring Bikkurim?

Two and half tribes (Reuben, Gad and half of Manasseh) were settled on the other side of Jordan and according to Rabbi Yose the Galilean fruits from across the Jordan were not allowed Bikkurim 1:10 ...
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Did Moshe Rabbeinu fulfill the Mitzvot of Eretz Israel by studying them?

I heard that Moshe Rabbeinu asked H'shem to be allowed to fulfill the Mitzvot of Eretz Israel, but He answered him: "You won't be able to enter Israel, but as you have studied all the Mitzvot, I ...
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Taryag mitzvos of Bahag

Can someone please provide a link to where the Bahag gives his list of the 613 mitzvos? I've tried looking for it online but I haven't found it yet. I read that he does not follow the Gemara's numbers ...
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Examples of forbidden behaviors for Jews permitted toward gentiles

I heard that there are Mitzvos that forbid certain behaviors toward fellow Jews but allow or prescribe those very behaviors toward gentiles. What are some examples of such Mitzvos?
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Is there a prohibition against living in Egypt? [duplicate]

On a different website, in response to a question from a gentile about how it was possible to keep all 336 [sic] commandments, one commenter said that he found not living in Egypt and not cutting down ...
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Is there a difference in commands, statues & rules?

In Deuteronomy there is a repeated triad that appears in its full form first in Deut 5:28: ‏וַאֲדַבְּרָה אֵלֶיךָ אֵת כָּל־הַמִּצְוָה וְהַחֻקִּים וְהַמִּשְׁפָּטִים And I will tell you the whole ...
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Finding one's neighbour / fellow

Shalom. I am a bit perplexed by the commandment to love one's neighbour / fellow as oneself. It is not immediately obvious to me who my neighbour / fellow is. I am not addressing the question of ...
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Proof that the laws of Torah are to be followed eternally?

Some websites with christian apologists say that 'olam' doesn't mean 'eternal'and can also mean for a certain duration. But olam ve ad does mean eternal. Is there any place where Torah laws are seen ...
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Loss of not making a bracha on a mitzva

Berachot 35b: Rabbi Ḥanina bar Pappa said: Anyone who derives benefit from this world without a blessing, it is as if he stole from God and the community of Israel This is commonly applied to the ...
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Which mitzvot are slaves who have been immersed obliged to follow?

R Steinsaltz notes in his explanation of a passage in Yevamot 45b that a gentile slave purchased by a Jew must be circumcised and then immersed in a ritual bath by being immersed for the sake of ...
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Testimonies of "Not to turn over a slave who seeks refuge"

Deuteronomy.23.16 prescribes not to turn over a slave to his master. There's some Halachic discourse and the MT is very scarce adding that it only applies from abroad to Eretz Israel. Are there any ...
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How many lists of the 613 Mitzvot are there, and who wrote them?

How many different individuals listed the 613 Mitzvot? Who was the first, and who was the most recent?
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How does tucking in one's Tzitzis help in a cemetery?

Based on Not allowing one's tzitzis to show in a cemetary according to the Rambam and Are all mitzvos forbidden near a grave? If not, why not? If yes, why not say so?, we find that wearing Tzitzis ...
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Examples of "Mitzvah X was not practiced since the times of Y"

The book of Nehemia states that the Israelis didn't keep Succot from the times of Joshua Binun (about 1000 years, Nehemiah.8.17. וַיַּעֲשׂוּ כָל־הַקָּהָל הַשָּׁבִים מִן־הַשְּׁבִי סֻכּוֹת וַיֵּשְׁבוּ ...
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What are some religious items that a gentile can make and still be kosher, if any at all?

I'm a gentile. I'm talking about items related to the fulfillment of mitzvot and there are some that are not so obvious to me, they are: tefillin(just the boxes and straps) tallitot shofarot sukkot ...
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Performing mitzvot "in bundles"

The Talmud lays down the principle: אֵין עוֹשִׂין מִצְוֹת חֲבִילוֹת חֲבִילוֹת -- One does not perform mitzvot in bundles. [Sotah 8a, also Pesachim 102b, Berakhot 49a] Another Talmudic quote is ...
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Mitzvah habaah beaveirah with a rabbinic prohibition

Is fulfilling a biblical mitzvah by transgressing a rabbinic prohibition considered "mitzvah habaah beaveirah", where they lose their credit for the mitzvah (see Sukkah 30a)? For instance ...
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Is not articulating YHWH a biblical commandment?

Someone in a Jewish bookstore told me it was but wasn't able to locate the verse. I've always found it odd that the name is written out in texts (with vowels even), but we don't pronounce it. Also odd ...
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Is a bracha me’akev to the mitzvah?

Many mitzvahs require a bracha beforehand. If one were to not make the bracha, is the mitzvah valid bedi’eved or does the fact that the bracha wasn’t made means the mitzvah wasn’t done? For example: ...
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Rambam and Mitzvas Talmud Torah

As opposed to other Codifiers of Halacha (e.g. Shulchan Aruch Harav see Hilchos Talmud Torah 1:1, 2:1 and the Kuntres Acharon there) the Rambam famously doesn't provide the reasons for the Mitzvahs ...
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613 Mitzvos depend on another?

I've noticed the following phrase in a couple places in the siddur: שֶׁתְּ֒הֵא חֲשׁוּבָה מִצְוַת _ לְפָנֶֽיךָ כְּאִלּוּ קִיַּמְתִּֽיהָ בְּכָל פְּרָטֶֽיהָ וְדִקְדּוּקֶֽיהָ וְכַוָּנוֹתֶֽיהָ וְתַרְיַ&...
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Implications of the appendix "אני ה'" in Biblical Mitzvot

Many Biblical Mitzvos end with "אני ה'" or "אני ה"א" or the like. Some are interpreted, some are totally ignored. For example (Leviticus.19): "אִישׁ אִמּוֹ וְאָבִיו ...
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Commandments to eat

I wonder if this question has ever been addressed by the commentators: The Torah has 37 commandments “not to eat” specific things, but only 3 commandments “to eat” specific things: We are enjoined to ...
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Link between 613 mitzvot and 613 parts of the body?

The gemara in Makot 23b writes there are 613 ("taryag") mitzvot (commandments) and links this number to 365 days of the year and 248 limbs in a human body. Targum pseudo Yonatan (Bereishit 1:...
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Does the בְ in לֹֽא־תַעֲנֶ֥ה בְרֵעֲךָ֖ עֵ֥ד שָֽׁקֶר only mean against?

Does the בְ in לֹֽא־תַעֲנֶ֥ה בְרֵעֲךָ֖ עֵ֥ד שָֽׁקֶר only mean against or can it mean about with the idea of claiming the innocence of a guilty person as well as accusing an innocent person? Or, maybe ...
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Why do we not say a bracha before sex? [duplicate]

There is a mitzvah to populate the world, pru urvu. For most mitzvot, there is a bracha we say before we do it. So why do we not say a bracha before sex? Also, whenever one benefits from anything, he ...
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Only Kohanim get reward for mitzvos in this world

There's a concept of שכר מצוות בהאי עלמא ליכא, there is no reward for mitzvos in this world (Kiddushin 39b). Much has been written on what this means and why it's true, but I found a innovative idea ...
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Is there a mention of the 7 Mitzvot deRabanan in the Talmud or Midrash?

Is there a mention of the 7 Mitzvot deRabanan in the Talmud or Midrash? Or does this come from other, later sources?
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Were the original tablets brought down by Moses the same as the second set?

We're taught that when Moses brought down the tablets, he shattered the first set in a rage after witnessing his people worshipping the golden calf. As soon as Moses came near the camp and saw the ...
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