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There are three fundamental mitzvot entrusted to every Jewish woman. Separating challah “from the first of your dough” shows that before benefiting from anything in this world, we “set aside an offering for G‑d.” By knowing that the beginning of everything is for G‑d, the entire home becomes a dwelling place for Him.

The Woman’s Three Special Mitzvot

The Woman’s Three Special Mitzvot

17 Sivan, 5740 • June 1, 1980

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The Woman’s Three Special Mitzvot: 17 Sivan, 5740 • June 1, 1980

There are three fundamental mitzvot entrusted to every Jewish woman. Separating challah “from the first of your dough” shows that before benefiting from anything in this world, we “set aside an offering for G‑d.” By knowing that the beginning of everything is for G‑d, the entire home becomes a dwelling place for Him.
Lubavitcher Rebbe, Women, Femininity & Feminism, Family Purity, Shabbat Candles, Separating Challah
The Woman’s Three Special Mitzvot
17 Sivan, 5740 • June 1, 1980
Disc 10, Program 40

Event Date: 17 Sivan 5740 - June 01, 1980

There are three fundamental mitzvot entrusted to every Jewish woman.

Separating challah “from the first of your dough” shows that before benefiting from anything in this world, we “set aside an offering for G‑d.” By knowing that the beginning of everything is for G‑d, the entire home becomes a dwelling place for Him.

Every day the high priest kindled the menorah’s lights, brightening the Holy Temple and the entire world with divine light. The Midrash teaches that this G‑dly luminescence will return in the merit of Jewish women lighting Shabbat candles, brightening their homes and passersby with the light of Torah and Mitzvot.

The “Well of Miriam” provided the Jews in the desert the ability to perform the mitzvah of family purity. This commandment is so vital that the entire Jewish people, and even G‑d Himself, waited an entire week in the desert until Miriam could proceed with them.

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