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עשה תורתך קבע – אמור מעט ועשה הרבה

Mitzvah 46 – No Holding Back

Posted by rabbiart on June 27, 2008

A study of the traditional 613 mitzvot (commandments/obligations) according to their order of appearance in the Torah.

The tradition we have inherited at times is of course not gender neutral. Men
and women are assigned different roles.  In fact, over time, the roles have
been constantly changing and evolving. To this day, we struggle with this issue.

But we shouldn’t think that the tradition was not concerned with issues
affecting women.  This particular mitzvah demonstrates the consideration
given to a Jewish wife, even if she had previously been a maidservant.

According to this mitzvah, a husband has specific responsibilities to his
wife. Specifically, this mitzvah forbids the husband from acting toward his wife
in a hurtful manner.  More specifically, a husband is forbidden to deprive
his wife of her rightful share with regard to food, clothing and conjugal
intimacy.

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