Must one have kavana – deliberate intent – to fulfill one of God’s commandments, or can a ...

In Jewish law, are commandments about intent or performance? – The Jerusalem Post

Must one have kavana – deliberate intent – to fulfill one of God’s commandments, or can a mitzvah be considered to be performed even when the act is done without the intent to fulfill a mitzvah?This key issue has been debated since Talmudic times, and is known in Hebrew parlance as the matter of mitzvot tzerichot kavana – [do] commandments require intent? The question is central to Jewish life and more generally to religious experience: What is the relationship between a result-oriented attitude to mitzvot and a process-focused outlook on religious observance? cnxps.cmd.push(function () { cnxps({ playerId: '36af7c51-0caf-4741-9824-2c941fc6c17b' }).render('4c4d856e0e6f4e3d808bbc1715e132f6'); });if(window.location.pathname.indexOf("656089") != …

 

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