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Other Mitzvot

Miscellaneous mitzvot, synopsized and ready to do!

Thank G-d for the Moon!
The monthly sanctification of the moon
Once a month, as the soft, mellow light of the moon waxes in the sky, we recite a special blessing called Kiddush Levanah . . .
Teshuvah - Repentance
We can’t tell you how to feel regret or resolve; it’s just something that happens inside. But we can give you a few tips on how to clean up the mess a mess-up leaves in its trail.
Shatnez-Free Clothing
You’ve heard of kosher food, but what about kosher clothes? Just like it is forbidden to eat a mixture of milk and meat, so too the Torah prohibits wearing a mixture of wool and linen. It’s called shatnez.
Tznius: Modesty
As G‑d’s children, we must act and look the part, conducting ourselves with dignity and modesty.
Blessings Miscellaneous
Thunder, fragrances, travelers & more
Besides the basic daily blessings—e.g., for eating or drinking, and those that are part of the prayers—there are a variety of other blessings recited on different occasions.
Safety First!
If the Torah tells us to fence in dangerous rooftops, obviously we need to deal with other potential hazards as well. The Jewish sages provided a few examples . . .
It’s Not Yours!
Destroying or ruining food, clothes, dishes, plants, springs of water, or anything else that could be of benefit to someone is out of bounds, even if they have no owner.
The Aliyah
Need a Lift?
The mystics explain that G‑d constantly speaks the words of the Torah. For the moment, the one receiving the aliyah becomes G‑d's mouthpiece—G‑d speaks through him.
A Letter in a Torah Scroll
The Indispensable Letter
Those who lack scribal experience can commission the writing of a Torah. But most cannot afford this considerable expense. As such, we can fulfill the mitzvah by “purchasing a letter” in a Torah.
Birkat Hachamah
Thank G‑d for the Sun!
Nearly all life is fueled by sunlight. It bathes us with its sustaining rays, causing flora to grow and providing oxygen for all fauna. Some may call this nature. We will gather and declare otherwise...
Shabbat Mevarchim
The Shabbat before the start of a Jewish month (Rosh Chodesh) is known as Shabbat Mevarchim, “the Shabbat when we bless.” On this day, we recite a special blessing for the new month and announce the date(s) of Rosh Chodesh during the synagogue service.
What Is Rosh Chodesh?
The Jewish New Moon
What is Rosh Chodesh? When and how do we celebrate it?