The 248 Positive Mitzvot/Commandments: The Do's

Mitzvot Aseh (The 248 Positive Mitzvot)

There are 248 Positive Mitzvot/Commandments, describing what Jews are expected to do. These are referred to as Mitzvot Aseh. The number is thought to represent the number of bones and significant organs in the human body.

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Relationship to God

P 1. Exodus 20:2 = To believe in God

P 2. Deuteronomy 6:4 = To acknowledge the unity of God

P 3. Deuteronomy 6: 5 = To love God

P 4. Deuteronomy 6:13 = To fear God

P 5. Exodus 23:25, Deuteronomy 11:13; 13:5 = To serve God

P 6. Deuteronomy 10:20 = To cleave to God

P 7. Deuteronomy 10:20 = On taking an oath by God's Name

P 8. Deuteronomy 28:9 = On walking in God's ways

P 9. Leviticus 22:32 = On Sanctifying God's Name

Torah

P 10. Deuteronomy 6:7 = On reciting the Sh'ma each morning and evening

P 11. Deuteronomy 6:7 = On studying and teaching Torah

P 12. Deuteronomy 6:8 = On binding Tefillin on the head

P 13. Deuteronomy 6:8 = On binding Tefillin on the hand

P 14. Numbers 15:38 = On making Tzitzit with thread of blue, garments corners

P 15. Deuteronomy 6:9 = On affixing a Mezuzah to doorposts and gates

P 16. Deuteronomy 31:12 = On Assembling each 7th year to hear the Torah read

P 17. Deuteronomy 17:18 = On that a king must write a copy of Torah for himself

P 18. Deuteronomy 31:19 = On that everyone should have a Torah scroll

P 19. Deuteronomy 8:10 = On praising God after eating, Grate after meals

Temple and the Priests

P 20. Exodus 25:8 = On building a Sanctuary/(Tabernacle/Temple) for God

P 21. Leviticus 19:30 = On respecting the Sanctuary

P 22. Numbers 18:4 = On guarding the Sanctuary

P 23. Numbers 18:23 = On Levitical services in the Tabernacle

P 24. Exodus 30:19 = On Cohanim washing hands & feet before entering Temple

P 25. Exodus 27:21 = On kindling the Menorah by the Cohanim

P 26. Numbers 6:23 = On the Cohanim blessing Israel

P 27. Exodus 25:30 = On the Showbread before the Ark

P 28. Exodus 30:7 = On Burning the incense on the Golden Altar twice daily

P 29. Leviticus 6:6 = On the perpetual fire on the Altar

P 30. Leviticus 6:3 = On removing the ashes from the Altar

P 31. Numbers 5:2 = On removing unclean persons from the camp

P 32. Leviticus 21:8 = On honoring the Cohanim

P 33. Exodus 28:2 = On the garments of the Cohanim

P 34. Numbers 7:9 = On Cohanim bearing the Ark on their shoulders

P 35. Exodus 30:31 = On the holy anointing oil

P 36. Deuteronomy 18:6-8 = On the Cohanim ministering in rotation/watches

P 37. Leviticus 21:2-3 = On the Cohanim being defiled for dead relatives

P 38. Leviticus 21: 13 = On that Cohen haGadol may only marry a virgin

Sacrifices

P 39. Numbers 28:3 = On the twice Daily Burnt, tamid, offerings

P 40. Leviticus 6:13 = On Cohen haGadol's twice dally meal offering

P 41. Numbers 28:9 = On the Shabbat additional, musaf, offering

P 42. Numbers 28:11 = On the New Moon, Rosh Chodesh, additional offering

P 43. Leviticus 23:36 = On the

P 44. Leviticus 23: 10 = On the second day of

P 45. Numbers 28:26 = On the Shavuot additional, musaf, offering

P 46. Leviticus 23:17 = On the Two loaves of bread Wave offering on Shavuot

P 47 Numbers 29:1-2 = On the Rosh HaShannah additional offering

P 48. Numbers 29:7-8 = On the Yom Kippur additional offering

P 49. Leviticus 16 = On the service of Yom Kippur, Avodah

P 50. Numbers 29: 13 = On the Sukkot, musaf, offerings

P 51. Numbers 29:36 = On the Shemini Atzeret additional offering

P 52. Exodus 23: 14 = On the three annual festival pilgrimages to the Temple

P 53. Exodus 34:23 = On appearing before YHVH during the festivals (Deuteronomy 16:16)

P 54. Deuteronomy 16:14 = On rejoicing on the festivals

P 55. Exodus 12:6 = On the 14th of Nisan slaughtering the

P 56. Exodus 12:8 = On eating the roasted

P 57. Numbers 9:11 = On slaughtering the

P 58. Numbers 9:11 = On eating the

P 59. Numbers 10:9-10 = Trumpets for Feast sacrifices brought & for tribulation

P 60. Leviticus 22:27 = On minimum age of cattle to be offered

P 61. Leviticus 22:21 = On offering only unblemished sacrifices

P 62. Leviticus 2:13 = On bringing salt with every offering

P 63. Leviticus 1:2 = On the Burnt-Offering

P 64. Leviticus 6:18 = On the Sin-Offering

P 65. Leviticus 7:1 = On the Guilt-Offering

P 66. Leviticus 3:1 = On the

P 67. Leviticus 2:1 = On the Meal-Offering

P 68. Leviticus 4:13 = On offerings for a Court (Sanhedrin) that has erred

P 69. Leviticus 4:27 = Fixed Sin-Offering, by one unknowingly breaking a karet

P 70. Leviticus 5:17 = Suspensive Guilt-Offering if doubt of breaking a karet

P 71. Leviticus 5:15 = Unconditional Guilt-offering, for stealing, etc.

P 72. Leviticus 5:1-11 = Offering higher or lower value, according to ones means

P 73. Numbers 5:6-7 = To confess one's sins before God and repent from them

P 74. Leviticus 15:13 = On offering brought by a zav (man with a discharge).

P 75. Leviticus 15:28 = Offering brought by a zavah (woman with a discharge).

P 76. Leviticus 12:6 = On offering brought by a woman after childbirth

P 77. Leviticus 14:10 = On offering brought by a leper after being cleansed

P 78. Leviticus 27:32 = On the Tithe of one's cattle

P 79. Exodus 13:2 = Sacrificing the First-born of clean (permitted) cattle

P 80. Exodus 22:28 = On Redeeming the First-born of man,

P 81. Exodus 34:20 = On Redeeming the firstling of an ass, if not…

P 82. Exodus 13:13 = ...breaking the neck of the firstling of an ass

P 83. Deuteronomy 12:5-6 = On bringing due offerings to Jerusalem without delay

P 84. Deuteronomy 12:14 = All offerings must be brought only to the Sanctuary

P 85. Deuteronomy 12:36 = On offerings due from outside Israel to the Sanctuary

P 86. Deuteronomy 12:15 = On Redeeming blemished sanctified animal offerings

P 87. Leviticus 27:33 = On the holiness of substituted animal offerings

P 88. Leviticus 6:9 = On Cohanim eating the remainder of the Meal Offerings

P 89. Exodus 29:33 = On Cohanim eating the meat of Sin and Guilt Offerings

P 90. Leviticus 7:19 = Bum Consecrated Offerings that've become tameh/unclean

P 91. Leviticus 7:17 = Bum remnant of Consecrated Offerings not eaten In time

Vows

P 92. Numbers 6:5 = The Nazir letting his hair grow during his separation

P 93. Numbers 6:18 = Nazir completing vow shaves his head & brings sacrifice

P 94. Deuteronomy = 23:24 On that a man must honor his oral vows and oaths

P 95. Numbers = 30:3 On that a judge can annul vows, only according to Torah

Ritual Purity

P 96. Leviticus 11:8 = Defilement by touching certain animal carcasses, &…

P 97. Leviticus 11:29 = ...by touching carcasses of eight creeping creatures

P 98. Leviticus 11:34 = Defilement of food & drink, if contacting unclean thing

P 99. Leviticus 15: 19 = On Tumah of a menstruant woman

P 100. Leviticus 12:2 = On Tumah of a woman after childbirth

P 101. Leviticus 13:3 = On Tumah of a leper

P 102. Leviticus 13:51 = On garments contaminated by leprosy

P 103. Leviticus 14:44 = On a leprous house

P 104. Leviticus 15:2 = On Tumah of a zav (man with a running issue)

P 105. Leviticus 15:6 = On Tumah of semen

P 106. Leviticus 15:19 = Tumah of a zavah (woman suffering from a running Issue)

P 107. Numbers 19:14 = On Tumah of a human corpse

P 108. Numbers 19:13 = Law of the purification water of sprinkling, mel niddah

P 109. Leviticus 15:16 = On immersing in a mikveh to become ritually clean

P 110. Leviticus 14:2 = On the specified procedure of cleansing from leprosy

P 111. Leviticus 14:9 = On that a leper must shave his head

P 112. Leviticus 13:45 = On that the leper must be made easily distinguishable

P 113. Numbers 19:2-9 = On Ashes of the Red Heifer, used in ritual purification

Donations to the Temple

P 114. Leviticus 27:2-8 = On the valuation for a person himself to the Temple

P 115. Leviticus 27:11 = On the valuation for an unclean beast to the Temple

P 116. Leviticus 27:14 = On the valuation of a house as a donation to the Temple

P 117. Leviticus 27:16 = On the valuation of a field as a donation to the Temple

P 118. Leviticus 5:16 = If benefit from Temple property, restitution plus 1/5th

P 119. Leviticus 19:24 = On the fruits of the trees fourth year's growth

P 120. Leviticus 19:9 = On leaving the corners (

P 121. Leviticus 19:9 = On leaving gleanings of the field for the poor

P 122. Deuteronomy 24:19 = On leaving the forgotten sheaf for the poor

P 123. Leviticus 19: 19 = On leaving the misformed grape clusters for the poor

P 124. Leviticus 19:10 = On leaving grape gleanings for the poor

P 125. Exodus 23:19 = On separating & bringing First-fruits to the Sanctuary

P 126. Deuteronomy 18:4 = To separate the great Heave-offering (terumah)

P 127. Leviticus 27:30 = To set aside the first tithe to the Levites

P 128. Deuteronomy 14:22 = To set aside the second tithe, eaten only In Jerusalem

P 129. Numbers 18:26 = On Levites' giving tenth of their tithe to the Cohanim

P 130. Deuteronomy 14:28 = To set aside the poor-man's tithe In 3rd and 6th year

P 131. Deuteronomy 26:13 = A declaration made when separating the various tithes

P 132. Deuteronomy 26:5 = A declaration made bringing First-fruits to the Temple

P 133. Numbers 15:20 = On the first portion of the Challah given to the Cohen

The Sabbatical Year

P 134. Exodus 23:11 = On ownerless produce of the Sabbatical year (shemittah)

P 135. Exodus 34:21 = On resting the land on the sabbatical year

P 136. Leviticus 25:10 = On sanctifying the Jubilee (50th) year

P 137. Leviticus 25:9 = Blow Shofar on Yom Kippur In the Jubilee & slaves freed

P 138. Leviticus 25:24 = Reversion of the land to ancestral owners in Jubilee year

P 139. Leviticus 25:24 = On the redemption of a house within a year of the sale

P 140. Leviticus 25:8 = Counting and announcing the years till the Jubilee year

P 141. Deuteronomy 15:3 = All debts are annulled in the sabbatical year, but…

142. Deuteronomy 15:3 = ...one may exact a debt owed by a foreigner

Concerning Animals for Consumption

P 143. Deuteronomy 18:3 = The Cohen's due in the slaughter of every clean animal

P 144. Deuteronomy 18:4 = On the first of the fleece to be given to the Cohen

P 145. Leviticus 27:21 = (Cherem vow) one devoted thing to God, other to Cohanim

P 146. Deuteronomy 12:21 = Slaughtering animals, according to Torah, before eating

P 147. Leviticus 17:13 = Covering with earth the blood of slain fowl and beast

P 148. Deuteronomy 22:7 = On setting free the parent bird when taking the nest

P 149. Leviticus 11:2 = Searching for prescribed signs in beasts, for eating

P 150. Deuteronomy 14:11 = Searching for the prescribed signs in birds, for eating

P 151. Leviticus 11:21 = Searching for prescribed signs in locusts, for eating

P 152. Leviticus 11:9 = Searching for the prescribed signs in fish, for eating

Festivals

P 153. Exodus 12:2, Deuteronomy 16:1 = Sanhedrin to sanctify New Moon & reckon years & seasons

P 154. Exodus 23:12 = On resting on the Shabbat

P 155. Exodus 20:8 = On declaring Shabbat holy at its onset and termination

P 156. Exodus 12:15 = On removal of chametz, leaven (yeast) on (Nisan 14)

P 157. Exodus 13:8 = Tell of Exodus from Egypt first night

P 158. Exodus 12:18 = On eating Matzah the first night of

P 159. Exodus 12:16 = On resting on the first day of

P 160. Exodus 12:16 = On resting on the seventh day d

P 161. Leviticus 23:35 = Count the Omer 49 days from day of first sheaf (Nisan 16)

P 162. Leviticus 23:21 = On resting on Shavuot

P 163. Leviticus 23:24 = On resting on Rosh HaShannah

P 164. Leviticus 16:29 = On fasting on Yom Kippur

P 165. Leviticus 16:29 = On resting on Yom Kippur

P 166. Leviticus 23:35 = On resting on the first day of Sukkot

P 167. Leviticus 23:36 = On resting on (the 8th day) Shemini Atzeret

P 168. Leviticus 23:42 = On dwelling in a Sukkah (booth) for seven days

P 169. Leviticus 23:40 = On taking a Lulav (the four species) on Sukkot

P 170. Numbers 29:1 = On hearing the sound of the Shofar on Rosh HaShannah

Community

P 171. Exodus 30:12 = On every male giving half a shekel annually to Temple

P 172. Deuteronomy 18:15 = On heeding the

P 173. Deuteronomy 17:15 = On appointing a king

P 174. Deuteronomy 17:11 = On obeying the Great Court (Sanhedrin)

P 175. Exodus 23:2 = On in case of division, abiding by a majority decision

P 176. Deuteronomy 16:18 = Appointing Judges & Officers of the Court in every town

P 177. Leviticus 19:15 = Treating litigants equally/impartially before the law

P 178. Leviticus 5:1 = Anyone aware of evidence must come to court to testify

P 179. Deuteronomy 13:15 = The testimony of witnesses shall be examined thoroughly

P 180. Deuteronomy 19:19 = On condemning witnesses who testify falsely

P 180. Deuteronomy 19:19 = False witnesses punished, as they intended upon accused

P 181. Deuteronomy 21:4 = On Eglah Arufah, on the heifer when murderer unknown

P 182. Deuteronomy 19:3 = On establishing Six Cities of Refuge

P 183. Numbers 35:2 = Give cities to Levites - who've no ancestral land share

P 184. Deuteronomy 22:8 = Build fence on roof, remove potential hazards from home

Idolatry

P 185. Deuteronomy 12:2 = On destroying all Idolatry and Its appurtenances

P 186. Deuteronomy 13:17 = The law about a city that has become apostate/perverted

P 187. Deuteronomy 20:17 = On the law about destroying the seven Canaanite nations

P 188. Deuteronomy 25:19 = On the extinction of the seed of Amalek

P 189. Deuteronomy 25:17 = On remembering the nefarious deeds of Amalek to Israel

War

P 190. Deuteronomy 20:11 = Regulations for wars other than ones commanded in Torah

P 191. Deuteronomy 20:2 = Cohen for special duties in war; also men unfit return

P 192. Deuteronomy 23:14 = Prepare place beyond the camp, so to keep sanitary &…

P 193. Deuteronomy 23:15 = ...so include a digging toot among war implements

Social

P 194. Leviticus 5:23 = On a robber to restore the stolen article to its owner

P 195. Deuteronomy 15:8 = On to give charity to the poor (Leviticus 25:35-36)

P 196. Deuteronomy 15:14 = On giving gifts to a Hebrew bondman upon his freedom

P 197. Exodus 22:24 = On lending money to the poor without interest

P 198. Deuteronomy 23:21 = On lending money to the foreigner with interest

P 199. Deuteronomy 24:13, Exodus 22:25 = On restoring a pledge to its owner if he needs it

P 200. Deuteronomy 24:15 = On paying the worker his wages on time

P 201. Deuteronomy 23:25 = Employee is allowed to eat the produce he's working in

P 202. Exodus 23:5 = On helping unload when necessary a tired animal

P 203. Deuteronomy 22:4 = On assisting a man loading his beast with its burden

P 204. Deuteronomy 22:1 = Exodus 23:4 On that lost property must be returned to its owner

P 205. Leviticus 19:17 = On being required to reprove the sinner

P 206. Leviticus 19:18 = On love your neighbor as yourself

P 207. Deuteronomy 10:19 = On being commanded to love the convert/proselyte

P 208. Leviticus 19:36 = On the law of accurate weights and measures

Family

P 209. Leviticus 19:32 = On honoring the old (and wise)

P 210. Exodus 20:12 = On honoring parents

P 211. Leviticus 19:3 = On fearing parents

P 212. Genesis 1:28 = On to be fruitful and multiply

P 213. Deuteronomy 24:1 = On the law of marriage

P 214. Deuteronomy 24:5 = On bridegroom devotes himself to his wife for one year

P 215. Genesis 17:10, Leviticus 12:3 = On circumcising one's son

P 216. Deuteronomy 25:5 = If a man dies childless his brother marry widow, or…

P 217. Deuteronomy 25:9 = ...release her/the-widow (Chalitzah)

P 218. Deuteronomy 22:29 = A violator must marry the virgin/maiden he has violated

P 219. Deuteronomy 22:18 = The defamer of his bride is flogged & may never divorce

P 220. Exodus 22:15 = On the seducer must be punished according to the law

P 221. Deuteronomy 21:11 = Captive women treated according to special regulations

P 222. Deuteronomy 24:1 = The law of divorce, only be means of written document

P 223. Numbers 5:15 = Suspected adulteress has to submit to the required test

Judicial

P 224. Deuteronomy 25:2 = On whipping transgressors of certain commandments

P 225. Numbers 35:25 = On exile to city of refuge for unintentional homicide

P 226. Exodus 21:20 = On beheading transgressors of certain commandments

P 227. Exodus 21:16 = On strangling transgressors of certain commandments

P 228. Leviticus 20:14 = On burning transgressors of certain commandments

P 229. Deuteronomy 22:24 = On stoning transgressors of certain commandments

P 230. Deuteronomy 21:22 = Hang after execution, violators of certain commandments

P 231. Deuteronomy 21:23 = On burial on the same day of execution

Slaves

P 232. Exodus 21:2 = On the special laws for treating the Hebrew bondman

P 233. Exodus 21:8 = Hebrew bondmaid married to her master or his son, or...

P 234. Exodus 21:8 = ...allow the redemption to the Hebrew bondmaid

P 235. Leviticus 25:46 = On the laws for treating an alien bondman

Torts

P 236. Exodus 21:18 = On the penalty for a person inflicting injury

P 237. Exodus 21:28 = On the law of injuries caused by an animal

P 238. Exodus 21:33 = On the law of injuries caused by an pit

P 239. Exodus 21:37 = On the law of punishment of thieves.

P 240. Exodus 22:4 = On the law of a Judgement for damage caused by a beast

P 241. Exodus 22:5 = On the law of a Judgement for damage caused by a fire

P 242. Exodus 22:6 = On the law of an unpaid guardian

P 243. Exodus 22:9 = On the law of a paid guardian

P 244. Exodus 22:13 = On the law of a borrower

P 245. Leviticus 25:14 = On the law of buying and selling

P 246. Exodus 22:8 = On the law of litigants

P 247. Deuteronomy 25:12 = Save life of one pursued, even if need - kill oppressor

P 248. Numbers 27:8 = On the law of inheritance

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