10 Ways to own your Judaism

The Rebbe's 10-Point Mitzvah Campaign for Jewish Awareness and Observance

Mitzvah means commandment. A mitzvah is one of the 613 Divine instructions to the Jew contained in the Torah. The word also means connection: a deed that connects the human being who performs it with G‑d, who commanded it.

A connection between man and G‑d, a bridge between Creator and creation, a mitzvah is a deed of cosmic significance, a deed of infinite value unto itself. Citing Maimonides, the Rebbe repeated time and again: a single person performing a single mitzvah could be the deed that tips the scales and brings redemption to the entire world and all of creation.

The Rebbe issued a call to every Jew: Even if you are not fully committed to a Torah life, do something. Begin with a mitzvah — any mitzvah; its value will not be diminished by the fact that there are others which you are not prepared to do.

The Rebbe so beautifully highlighted 10 Mitzvot which are highly focused, impactful and uplifting. 

We invite you to take ownership Today! 

The Ten Mitzvot

1. Light Shabbat Candles

Women and girls (age 3 and up) are encouraged to light candles every Friday afternoon, 18 minutes before sunset, in honor of the Shabbat, and before Festivals.

How to Light Shabbat Candles?

Shabbat and holidays are ushered in with candle lighting (Photo: Mushka Lightstone).Shabbat and holidays are ushered in with candle lighting (Photo: Mushka Lightstone).


2. Tefillin

Men (age 13 and up) are encouraged to wear the Tefillin every morning excluding Shabbat and Festivals. Tefillin are black leather boxes containing small parchment scrolls of selected portions from the Torah, in which the fundamentals of the Jewish faith are inscribed.

What Are Tefillin?

Wrapping tefillin on the streets of Tel Aviv.
Wrapping tefillin on the streets of Tel Aviv.


3. Mezuzah

Every Jewish home should have a mezuzah on its doorposts. The mezuzah contains the Shema and is a sign that the home is sanctified for G‑d and enjoys His protection.

What Is a Mezuzah?


4. Torah

Study a portion of Torah daily. Even a few lines contain the infinite wisdom and will of G‑d.

Start With Study

Studing Torah (Photo: Chabad on Campus International)
Studing Torah (Photo: Chabad on Campus International)


5. Tzedakah

Give charity daily. When you give to the needy, you are serving as G‑d's emissary to provide for His creations. The home is a classroom, and keeping a"pushkah" (charity box) inyour home — and contributing a coin to it every day — will teach you and your children the noble value of regular giving.

More About Tzedakah 


6. A home filled with holy books

Furnish your home with as many holy books as possible. At the very least, get a hold of a Chumash (Bible), Psalms, and a Prayer Book.

A House of Books 


7. Kosher

Eating is one of the basics of life. Shouldn't it be done with intelligence? For a healthy and sound soul, eat only kosher foods, for when you eat differently, your Judaism is not just metaphysical, but part and parcel of your very being.

What Is Kosher? 

A modern kosher kitchen often has separate counters for meat and milk (Photo: Michael Duke for The Jewish Herald Voice).
A modern kosher kitchen often has separate counters for meat and milk 


8. Love Your Fellow

"Love your fellow as youself," said the great Jewish sage Rabbi Akiva, is a most basic principle in the Torah. Reaching out to your fellow Jew with patience, love, concern and unity is among the greatest mitzvot a Jew can do.

Love According to the Rebbe



9. Education

Every Jewish boy and girl should receive a Jewish education. Teach your children everything you know about your faith, and provide them with a quality Jewish education — you will be ensuring Jewish integrity, Jewish identity and a Jewish future.

More About Jewish Education 


10. Observe Family Purity

Observance of the Jewish marital laws allows you to make the most of your marriage, bringing you and your spouse to new, undiscovered depths of intimacy and sacredness in your relationship.

More About Family Purity