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Mitzva, pl. mitzvot (meetz-vah,meetz-voht) — lit., Commandment; generically, can mean a good deed
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Commandments (Mitzvot)
Purposes of Commandments/Mitzvot
Commandments /mitzvot (plural of mitzva ) have three main purposes:...
Commandments (Mitzvot)
How Far To Go To Do a Mitzva
There is no need to go to different town in order to fulfill a mitzva...
Commandments (Mitzvot)
How Much Money to Spend on a Mitzva
You are never required to spend more than 1/5 of your liquid assets on...
Commandments (Mitzvot)
What Is a Mitzva/What Is Halacha
A mitzva is a commandment.  A halacha is how to do the mitzva .
Omer Period: Who Counts
Boy Who Becomes Bar Mitzva during Omer
Situation A boy becomes bar mitzva during the omer .  He has...
Tzitzit: Value
Tzitzit: Continuous Mitzva
Tzitzit have protective value; wearing them provides a continuous...
Talit Gadol: Why
Talit Gadol: Mitzva
Men wear a talit as a mitzva (wearing a four-cornered garment in...
LAND OF ISRAEL (Eretz Yisrael)
Mitzva To Live in Eretz Yisrael
It is a mitzva to live in Eretz Yisrael but it is not required.
MEAL CELEBRATING COMMANDMENT (Se'udat Mitzva)
Purpose of Se'udat Mitzva
The purpose of a se’udat mitzva is to honor the mitzva .
Blessings: Saying for Someone Else
Blessings: For Someone Else: Mitzva/Birchot Mitzva
You may say any blessing on a mitzva —such as kiddush, hallel,...
Kadeish: How Much To Fill and Drink
Four Cups: Minimum Quantity To Fulfill Mitzva
Minimum wine to fulfill the seder mitzva : Each person...
Tefilin: Mitzva
Tefilin: Torah Mitzva
Have in mind that you are doing a mitzva  of the Torah while...
Commandments (Mitzvot)
Precedence of Mitzvot
A frequently performed commandment generally takes precedence over a...
BAR MITZVA
Bar Mitzva and Adar 2 Birthday
If a boy born in Adar 2 will be bar mitzva in a year with only one...
Women: Time-Based Positive Commandments (Mitzvot): Obligations
Women: Time-Based Positive Commandments/Mitzvot: Obligations
In addition to prayer obligations (see Women: Minimal Prayer ), women...
Hidur Mitzva/Mehadrin
Hidur Mitzva/Mehadrin
Almost all mitzvot may be enhanced by: Making them...
Women: Time-Based Positive Commandments (Mitzvot): Obligations
Women: Time-Based Positive Mitzva Obligations
Although women and girls are generally exempt from time-dependent...
Preparation for Doing Mitzvot
Intention/Kavana
Mitzvot  that are from the  Torah  ( tzitzit , ...
Nida/Taharat HaMishpacha
Four Most Common Nida Questions
  What Makes a Woman a Nida  ...
Tzitzit: Disposal
Tzitzit: Disposal: How To Wrap
To dispose of items used for mitzvot ( tashmishei mitzva ) such as...
Introduction to Blessings (Brachot)
Introduction to Blessings/Brachot
Blessings as Thanks We say blessings as thanks to God for the...
Blessings: Categories
Three Main Categories of Blessings
There are three main categories of blessings: Enjoyment (...
Introduction to Holy Written Objects
Introduction to Holy Written Objects
By surrounding ourselves with reminders of the commandments and with...
Sheimot: How To Dispose of
Sheimot: Disposal
These holy writings ( tashmishei kedusha ) may not be thrown directly...
Introduction to Honoring Parents
Introduction to Honoring Parents
Honoring your father and mother—the fifth of the Ten Commandments...
Introduction to Morning Prayers/Shacharit (Weekday): Order of Prayers
Introduction to Morning Prayers/Shacharit (Weekday): Order of Prayers
Here is a typical order of waking/morning prayers for weekdays (many...
Introduction to Mourning
Introduction to Mourning
Who Is a Mourner A mourner is defined in halacha as someone...
Introduction to Shavuot
Introduction to Shavuot
Shavuot ( Yom HaBikurim in the Torah) celebrates and commemorates...
Introduction to Sukkot
Introduction to Sukkot
Sukkot means “huts.” The Jewish festival of Sukkot...
Jewish Festivals: Acquisitions
Jewish Festivals: Acquisitions
You may not acquire items ( kinyan ) on Jewish festivals unless they...
Lulav: Who Should Bless
Lulav: Who Should Bless: Women
Women and girls do not need to bless over or wave the lulav; but if...
Shabbat: "Acquisitions"
Shabbat: Permitted Acquisitions
You may not acquire items ( kinyan ) on Shabbat unless they are needed...
Tzitzit: How To Check
Tzitzit: For What To Check
Torn In checking tzitzit, determine: Are any loops...
Chanuka: Background
Chanuka: Why Asher Kidshanu
Chazal have the authority to make laws, so we say “Who...
Mourning: Who Must Mourn
Mourning: Who Must Mourn: No Onenut on Shabbat and Jewish Festivals
One is not an  onen   whenever a body may not be buried, such...
Omer Period: Who Counts
Women and Girls Counting Omer
Women and girls are not required to count the omer . But if they do,...
Sukka: Eating
Women: Eating Outside the Sukka
Women and girls may eat bread or mezonot outside of a sukka . ...
After-Blessings (Bracha Achrona): Changing Location: Traveling
After-Blessings (Bracha Achrona): Changing Location: Traveling
When traveling, the proper practice is to: Finish eating...
Purim: Commandments
Purim: Commandments
There are four mitzvot for Purim : 1. Shala ch Manot...
Shema: What To Say
Women and Shema in Shacharit
Women are not required to say the full shema or the blessings before...
Chanuka: Candles: Who Should Light
Chanuka: Candles: Light for Yourself
Light Chanuka candles for yourself, even if there are no other people...
Chanuka: Candles: Who Should Light
Chanuka: Candles: Who May Light
Anyone in the household who has reached bar or bat mitzva age can...
Passover: Burning Chametz
Passover: Burning Chametz: What To Do with Chametz
If you own any chametz, you must burn some of it in order to...
Year of Mourning: Public Festivities
Public Festivities for Mourner for Parent
A mourner may not generally enter a hall of joyous celebration and...
Charity/Tzedaka: Who Should Give
One Who Receives Charity, Gives Charity
A person who receives charity should still give a minimal amount to...
CHAZAKA/THREE TIMES
CHAZAKA/THREE TIMES
Any action that is done three times consecutively is assumed to be a...
Karpas: Eat the Vegetable
How Much Karpas To Eat
Eating any amount of karpas fulfills the mitzva of eating karpas...
Hosting Guests (Hachnasat Orchim)
Inviting Friends for Meals
Inviting friends to your house for meals, even on Shabbat and Jewish...
Chanuka: Synagogue Menora
Chanuka: Synagogue Menora: SheHecheyanu in Synagogue
If you light the Chanuka menora in the synagogue on the first...
Magid: Tell the Story
In Every Generation
The hagada tells us that in every generation, a person must see...
Havdala: Candle
Holding Hands Up to the Light
Holding fingers toward the havdala candle flame is a non-binding...
Maror: Eat Bitter Vegetable
Maror: How Much To Eat
The minimum amount to fulfill the mitzva of eating maror at seder...
Tzitzit: Disposal
Tzitzit: Garment Disposal
Garments for talit katan and talit gadol have no special holiness (...
Jewish Festivals: Electricity
Jewish Festivals: Turning Off Electrical Devices
You may not turn off or disconnect an operating electrical device...
Procedure for Separating Terumot and Ma'asrot
Teruma/Ma'aser: Bal Tashchit
Teruma that is separated and destroyed is not considered to be a...
Shabbat: Electricity/Electrical Devices
Shabbat: Electricity/Electrical Devices: Turning Off
You may not turn off or disconnect an operating electrical device (such...
Shabbat: Elevators/Escalators
Shabbat: Asking Non-Jew To Help with Electric Door/Elevator
You may ask a non-Jew to open an electric door or to push the button...
Brit Mila: Invitation
Brit Mila: Announcement or Invitation
Don’t formally invite people to a brit mila meal, just...
Brit Mila: Festive Meal
Brit Mila Meal: Minimum Requirement
A se’udat mitzva is required for a brit mila, but the...
Birkat HaMazon: Source
Birkat HaMazon D'Rabanan: Rabbinic Source
Although the mitzva d'oraita is to thank God only when you are...
Jewish Festivals: Non-Jews (Shabbat Goy)
Jewish Festivals: Asking a Non-Jew To Do Melacha D'Oraita
Although you may not normally tell a non-Jew to do melacha...
Shabbat: Non-Jews (Shabbat Goy)
Asking Non-Jew To Do Melacha D'Oraita
You may not ask a non-Jew to turn ON a light or turn ON heat, or...
Shabbat: Non-Jews (Shabbat Goy)
Asking Non-Jew To Do Melacha D'Rabanan
You may directly instruct or ask a non-Jew to do melacha...
SENDING AWAY MOTHER BIRD (Shilu'ach HaKein)
Shilu'ach HaKein for Female Birds
Shilu’ach ha’kein only applies to the female birds of...
TORAH STUDY
Introduction to Torah Study
Studying Torah is a basic requirement for all Jews and such study is...
Introduction to Separating Challa
Introduction to Separating Challa
Although challa refers to the two loaves of bread (or matza ) over...
Kiddush Levana: What To Say
Kiddush Levana: Minimum Blessing
The minimum you may say of kiddush levana and fulfill the mitzva...
Being an Onen
Onen Restrictions
An onen is prohibited from doing positive mitzvot so as not to be...
What Is Kosher?
What Is Kosher?
By Sara-Malka (Diane) Laderman Kosher (Hebrew for...
Dressing
Child's Dressing
A child under bar mitzva or bat mitzva age also gets dressed the...
How To Treat Graves
Graves: Visiting
There is not any mitzva or halacha to visit graves of any person,...
Burial: Specifics
Who Shovels
It is a mitzva but not a requirement for attendees to shovel some...
Burial: Kaddish
Burial: Kaddish: Attending Minyan
It is a mitzva to attend the minyan at a burial, but no one needs to...
Kaddish: For Whom To Say
Kaddish for Relatives Other than Parents
If you wish, you may say mourner’s kaddish for family members...
Introduction to Jewish Festivals: Meals
Introduction to Jewish Festival "Eating a Meal" Requirements
We are required to eat two meals on Jewish festivals , each preceded...
Jewish Festivals: Kiddush: Who May Make
Jewish Man or Woman Making Kiddush
Any adult Jew, male or female, may say kiddush for him/herself and, as...
Seder: Practices: Halachot
Leaning to the Left
Every male (13 years old and above) at the seder is required by...
Kadeish: Making Kiddush
Everyone Must Drink at Seder
At the Passover seder , all Jews above the age of bar mitzva or...
Matza: What Kind
Hand Shmura Matza or Machine Shmura Matza
Hand shmura matza has some advantage in that it was made with the...
Motzi/Matza: Blessings
Why Two Blessings over Matza
We say two blessings over the matza : ha’motzi lechem min...
Sukka: Schach
Sukka: Schach: Materials
Non- Kli You may not use a kli for sukka schach...
Mezuza: Kissing
Mezuza: Kissing: Custom
Kissing a mezuza (and tefilin) is not halacha but rather a custom...
Tefilin: Kissing
Tefilin: Kissing
Kissing tefilin is not halacha but rather a custom to show our love...
Torah Scroll (Sefer Torah): Writing
Torah Scroll (Sefer Torah): Priority for Writing
Writing a Torah scroll ( sefer Torah ) is a mitzva but is not a...
Passover Night(s): Eating Matza
When Eating Matza Is Obligatory
The only time when matza must be eaten to fulfill the commandment of...
Shabbat: Kiddush: Who May Make
Jewish Man or Woman Making Kiddush
As on Jewish festivals , any adult Jew, male or female, may say...
Introduction to Pidyon HaBein
Introduction to Pidyon HaBein
A Jewish mother’s first-born male child must be...
Women: Time-Based Positive Commandments (Mitzvot): Exemptions
Women: Exemption from Time-Dependent Positive Commandments
Women and girls are generally exempt from time-dependent positive...
From Funeral Home to Cemetery
Offspring at Funeral
Attending a funeral is a mitzva-- that of honoring the dead...

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