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This Week’s Mitzvah Totals
“Mitzvah” means “commandment”. A mitzvah is one of the 613 Divine instructions to the Jew contained in the Torah. The word also means “connection”: a deed that connects the human being who performs it with G-d, who commanded it. The Rebbe issued a call to every Jew: Even if you are not fully committed to a Torah life, do something. Begin with a mitzvah — any mitzvah; its value will not be diminished by the fact that there are others which you are not prepared to do. The Rebbe also suggested ten possible “beginner’s mitzvot” — precepts which, because of their centrality to the Torah’s guide to life, are ideally suited for a first experience of the mitzvah connection.
Light Shabbat Candles
Women and girls (age 3 and up) are encouraged to light candles every Friday afternoon, 18 minutes before sunset, in honor of the Shabbat, and before Festivals.
Eating is one of the basics of life. Shouldn’t it be done with intelligence? For a healthy and sound soul, eat only kosher foods, for when you eat differently, your Judaism is not just metaphysical, but part and parcel of your very being.
Every Jewish boy and girl should receive a Jewish education. Teach your children everything you know about your faith, and provide them with a quality Jewish education — you will be ensuring Jewish integrity, Jewish identity and a Jewish future.
Men (age 13 and up) are encouraged to wear the Tefillin every morning excluding Shabbat and Festivals. Tefillin are black leather boxes containing small parchment scrolls of selected portions from the Torah, in which the fundamentals of the Jewish faith are inscribed.
Observe Family Purity
Observance of the Jewish marital laws allows you to make the most of your marriage, bringing you and your spouse to new, undiscovered depths of intimacy and sacredness in your relationship.
Message on a Doorpost - Mezuzah
Every Jewish home should have a mezuzah on its doorposts. The mezuzah contains the Shema and is a sign that the home is sanctified for G-d and enjoys His protection.
Study a portion of Torah daily. Even a few lines contain the infinite wisdom and will of G-d.
A Home Filled with Holy Books
Furnish your home with as many holy books as possible. At the very least, get a hold of a Chumash (Bible), Psalms, and a Prayer Book.
Give charity daily. When you give to the needy, you are serving as G-d’s emissary to provide for His creations. The home is a classroom, and keeping a “pushkah” (charity box) in your home — and contributing a coin to it every day — will teach you and your children the noble value of regular giving.
Love Your Fellow
“Love your fellow as yourself,” said the great Jewish sage Rabbi Akiva, is a most basic principle in the Torah. Reaching out to your fellow Jew with patience, love, concern and unity is among the greatest mitzvot a Jew can do.