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Unformatted text preview: about, but 613. Some of these
Commandments are positive, things we must do, such as keeping the Festivals, making the Seder etc.
And some are negative Commandments such as not eating bread on Pesach etc. Out of these 613
Commandments, many of them are matters relating to offerings and Temple worship which, since the
destruction of the Temple are in abeyance.
Some of the positive Commandments, that is those that we must do, are time related. For
example the Tallith is only worn during the day, Tephilin are not worn on Shabbat, statutory prayers
must be said at certain time. The morning service is not said in the afternoon and the afternoon service
is not said in the morning. The ‘Lulav’ is taken only on Succoth; the Shofar is blown on Rosh
Hashana, and many other examples.
The Torah in its infinite wisdom has exempted women from the performance of many of
these positive time related Mitzvoth (Kiddushin 29a). One should not take this statement in its simplest,
as there are certain Mitzvoth which although time related are incumbent on a woman. For example,
she must keep the Sabbath and Festivals she is required to make or hear Kiddush and so on. In
addition women over the years have taken upon themselves the voluntary performance of certain time
related Mitzvoth. In this as in so many other thin...
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