Maimonides List

248 Positive Mitzvot

Links are to corresponding EJAT commandments

  1. Believe in God. (Ex 20:2)
    Exodus 20:2 says "I am the Lord your God." It is a statement, not a command.

  2. Unity of God. (Dt 6:4)

  3. Love God. (Dt 6:5)

  4. Fear God. (Dt 6:13, 10:20)

  5. Worship God. (Ex 23:25; Dt 6:13, 11:13)

  6. Cleave to God. (Dt 10:20)

  7. Take an oath by God's name. (Dt 6:13, 10:20)

  8. Walk in God's ways (Dt 28:9)

  9. Sanctify God's name (Lev 22:32)

  10. Read the Shema (Dt 6:7)

  11. Study the Torah. (Dt 6:7)

  12. The phylactery of the head (Dt 6:8)

  13. The phylactery of the arm (Dt 6:8)

  14. The fringes (Num 15:38)

  15. The mezuzah (Dt 6:9, 11:20)

  16. The assembly during the Feast of Tabernacles (Dt 31:12)

  17. The king must write a scroll of law (Dt 17:18)

  18. Aquire a scroll of law (Dt 31:19)

  19. Grace after meals (Dt 8:10)

  20. Build the sanctuary (Ex 25:8)

  21. Revere the sanctuary (Lev 19:30)

  22. Guard the sanctuary (Num 18:4)

  23. Levitical services in the Sanctuary (Num 18:23)s

  24. Ablutions of the priests (Ex 30:19)

  25. Priests must kindle the lamps (Ex 27:21)

  26. Priests must bless Israel (Num 6:23-24)

  27. The showbread (Ex 25:30)

  28. Burn incense (Ex 30:7)

  29. Keep a perptual fire on the altar (Lev 6:6)

  30. Remove the ashes from the altar (Lev 6:3)

  31. Remove the unclean (Num 5:2-3)

  32. Honor priests (Lev 21:8)

  33. The priestly garments (Ex 28:2)

  34. Priests must bear the ark (Num 7:9)

  35. The oil of anointment (Ex 30:31, Lev 21:10)

  36. Priests must minister in courses (Dt 18:6-8)

  37. Priests may defile themselves for deceased relatives (Lev 21:2-3)

  38. The high priest must marry only a virgin (Lev 21:13-14)

  39. The daily burnt offering (Ex 29:38-39, Num 28:3)

  40. The high priest's daily meal offering (Lev 6:13)

  41. The Sabbath additional offering (Num 28:9-10)

  42. The new moon additional offering (Num 28:11-15)

  43. The Passover additional offering (Num 28:16-25)

  44. The meal offering of new barley (Lev 23:10)

  45. The Shevuoth additional offering (Num 28:26-31)

  46. Bring two loaves on Shevuoth (Lev 23:17)

  47. The new year additional offering (Num 29:1-6)

  48. The tenth day of Tishri additional offering (Lev 16:1-34)

  49. The service of the Day of Atonement (Lev 16:1-34)

  50. The Feast of Tabernacles additional offering (Num 29:12-34)

  51. The Shemini Atzereth additional offering (Num 29:35-38)

  52. The three annual pilgrimages (Ex 23:14)

  53. Appear before the Lord during the festivals (Ex 34:23, Dt 16:16)

  54. Rejoice on the festivals (Dt 16:14)

  55. Slaughter the Passover offering (Ex 12:6)

  56. Eat the Passover offering (Ex 12:8)

  57. Slaughtering the second Passover offering (Num 9:10-12)

  58. Eating the second Passover Offering (Num 9:10-12)

  59. Blow the trumpets in the Sanctuary (Num 10:10)

  60. Offer cattle of a minimum age (Ex 22:29, Lev 22:27)

  61. Offer only unblemished sacrifices (Lev 22:21

  62. Bring salt with every offering (Lev 2:13

  63. The burnt offering - Lev 1:1-17

  64. The sin offering (Lev 4:1 - 5:13)

  65. The guilt offering (Lev 5:14-26)

  66. The peace offering (Lev 3:1-17)

  67. The meal offering (Lev 2:1-16)

  68. Offering of a court that has erred (Lev 4:13)

  69. The fixed sin offering (Lev 4:27-35)

  70. The suspensive guilt offering (Lev 5:17-19)

  71. The unconditional guilt offering (Lev 5:15-16)

  72. The offering of a higher or lower value (Lev 5:1-4)

  73. Make a confession (Num 5:6-7)

  74. Offering brought by zav (Lev 15:13-15)

  75. Offering brought by a zavah (Lev 15:29-30)

  76. The offering after childbirth (Lev 12:6)

  77. Offering brought by a leper (Lev 14:10)

  78. The tithe of cattle (Lev 27:32)

  79. Sanctify the firstborn (Ex 13:2)

  80. Redeem the firstborn (Ex 22:28, Num 18:15)

  81. Redeem the firstling of an ass (Ex 13:13)

  82. Break the neck of the firstling of an ass (Ex 13:13)

  83. Bring due offerings on the first festival (Dt 12:5-6)

  84. Bring all offerings to the sanctuary (Dt 12:14)

  85. Bring all offerings from outside Israel to the sanctuary (Dt 12:26)

  86. Redeem blemished offerings (Dt 12:15)

  87. Holiness of a substituted offering (Lev 27:10)

  88. Priests must eat the residue of the meal offerings (Lev 8:9)

  89. Priests must eat the meat of consecrated offerings (Ex 29:33)

  90. Burn consecrated offerings that have become unclean (Lev 7:19)

  91. Burn the remnant of consecrated offerings (Lev 7:17)

  92. A Nazirite must let his hair grow (Num 6:5)

  93. Nazirite obligations on completion of vow (Num 6:13-21)

  94. Fulfill all oral commitments (Dt 23:24)

  95. Revocation of vows (Num 30:3)

  96. Defilement through carcasses of animals (Lev 11:24)

  97. Defilement through carcasses of certain creeping creatures (Lev 11:29-30)

  98. Defilement of food and drink (Lev 11:34)

  99. The menstruant - Lev 15:19-24

  100. After childbirth - Lev 12:2-8

  101. The leper - Lev 13:3

  102. Garments contaminated by leprosy - Lev 13:47-59

  103. A leprous house - Lev 14:33-53

  104. The zav - Lev 15:2

  105. Semen - Lev 15:16

  106. The zavah - Lev 15:25-28

  107. Uncleanness of a corpse - Num 19:14

  108. Law of the water of sprinkling - Num 19:1-22

  109. Immersing in a ritual bath - Lev 15:16

  110. Cleansing from leprosy - Lev 14:1-7

  111. A leper must shave his head - Lev 14:9

  112. The leper must be made distinguishable - Lev 13:45

  113. The ashes of the red heifer - Num 19:1-22

  114. Valuation of a person - Lev 27:2-8

  115. Valuation of beasts - Lev 27:9-13

  116. Valuation of houses - Lev 27:14-15

  117. Valuation of fields - Lev 27:16-25

  118. Restitution for sacrilege - Lev 5:16, 22:14

  119. The fruits of fourth-year plantings - Lev 19:24

  120. Peah for the poor - Lev 19:9

  121. Leave gleanings for the poor - Lev 19:9

  122. The forgotten sheaf for the poor - Dt 24:19

  123. Defective grape clusters for the poor - Lev 19:10

  124. Grape gleanings for the poor - Lev 19:10

  125. Bring first fruits to the sanctuary - Ex 23:19

  126. The great heave offering - Dt 18:4

  127. The first tithe - Num 18:21

  128. The second tithe - Dt 14:22

  129. The Levites' tithe for the priests - Num 18:26

  130. The poor man's tithe - Dt 14:28

  131. The avowal of the tithe - Dt 26:13-15

  132. Recital on bringing the first fruits - Dt 26:5-10

  133. The dough offering - Num 15:20

  134. Renounce as ownerless produce of the Sabbatical year - Ex 23:11

  135. Rest the land during the Sabbatical year - Ex 34:21, Lev 25:2, 4

  136. Sanctify the Jubilee year - Lev 25:10

  137. Blow the shofar on the tenth day of Tishri in the Jubilee year - Lev 25:9

  138. Reversion of the land in the Jubilee year - Lev 25:13, 24

  139. Redemption of property in a walled city - Lev 25:29-30

  140. Count the years till the Jubilee year - Lev 25:8

  141. Cancel claims in the Sabbatical year - Dt 15:2

  142. Exact debts from idolaters - Dt 15:3

  143. The priest's due in the slaughter of every clean animal - Dt 18:3

  144. Give the first of the fleece to the priest - 18:4

  145. Devoted things - Lev 27:21

  146. Shechitah - Dt 12:21
    Shechitah is the Kosher method of slaughter. It is not found in Dt 12:21 or anywhere else the Torah.

  147. Cover the blood of slain birds and animals - Lev 17:13

  148. Release a dam when taking its nest - Dt 22:7

  149. Search for the prescribed tokens in cattle and animals - Lev 11:2

  150. Searching for the prescribed tokens in birds - Dt 14:11

  151. Search for the prescribed token in grasshoppers - Lev 11:21

  152. Searching for the prescribed tokens in fishes - Lev 11:9

  153. Determine the New Moon - Ex 12:2

  154. Rest on the Sabbath - Ex 23:12, 34:21

  155. Proclaiming the sanctity of the Sabbath - Ex 20:8

  156. Remove leaven - Ex 13:8

  157. Recount the departure from Egypt - Ex 13:8

  158. Eat unleaven bread on the eve of the fifteenth day of Nisan - Ex 12:18

  159. Rest on the first day of Pesach - Lev 23:7

  160. Rest on the seventh day of Pesach - Lev 23:8

  161. Count the Omer - Lev 23:15-16

  162. Rest on Shevouth - Lev 23:21

  163. Rest on Rosh Hashana - Lev 23:24

  164. Fast on Yom Kippur - Lev 16:29

  165. Rest on Yom Kippur - Lev 16:31

  166. Rest on the first day of Sukkoth - Lev 23:35

  167. Rest on Shemini Atzereth - Lev 23:36

  168. Dwell in a booth for seven days during Sukkoth - Lev 23:42

  169. Take a lulab on Sukkoth - Lev 23:40

  170. Hear a shofar on Rosh Hashana - Num 29:1

  171. Give half a shekel annually - Ex 30:13

  172. Heed the prophets - Dt 18:15

  173. Appoint a king - Dt 17:15

  174. Obey the Great Court - Dt 17:11

  175. Abide by a majority decision - Ex 23:2

  176. Appoint judges and officers of the court - Dt 16:18

  177. Treat litigants equally before the law - Lev 19:15

  178. Testify in court - Lev 5:1

  179. Inquire into the testimony of witnesses - Dt 13:15

  180. Condemn witnesses who testify falsely - Dt 19:19

  181. Eglah Arufah - Dt 21:4

  182. Establish six cities of refuge - Dt 19:2-3

  183. Assign cities to the Levites - Num 35:7

  184. Remove sources of danger from your habitation - Dt 22:8

  185. Destroy all idol worship - Ex 34:13; Dt 7:5, 12:2

  186. The law of the apostate city - Dt 13:17

  187. The law of the seven nations - Dt 20:17

  188. The extinction of Amalek - Dt 25:19

  189. Remember the nefarious deeds of Amalek - Dt 25:17

  190. The law of the non-obligatory war - Dt 20:10

  191. Appoint a priest for war - Dt 20:2

  192. Prepare a place beyond the camp - Dt 23:13

  193. Include a paddle among war implements - Dt 23:14

  194. A robber must restore the stolen article - Lev 5:23

  195. Charity - Lev 24:35, Dt 15:11

  196. Lavish gifts on a Hebrew bondman on his freedom - Dt 15:14

  197. Lend money to the poor - Ex 22:24

  198. Interest - Dt 21:21

  199. Restore a pledge to a needy owner - Ex 22:25, Dt 24:13

  200. Pay wages on time - Lev 9:13, Dt 24:15

  201. An employee may eat the produce among which he is working - Dt 23:25-26

  202. Unload a tired animal - Ex 23:5

  203. Assist the owner in lifting up his burden - Dt 22:4

  204. Returning lost property to its owner - Ex 23:4, Dt 22:1

  205. Rebuke the sinner - Lev 19:17

  206. Love your neighbor - Lev 19:18

  207. Love the stranger - Dt 10:19

  208. The law of weights and measures - Lev 19:36

  209. Honor scholars and the aged - Lev 19:32
    Lev 19:32 has two commandments: Stand in the presence of old people and honor the face of an old man.

  210. Honor parents - Ex 20:12

  211. Respect parents - Lev 19:3

  212. Be fruitful and multiply - Gen 1:28

  213. The law of marriage - Dt 24:1
    (This is a law of divorce, not of marriage. A man may divorce his wife if he finds some "uncleanness" in her.)

  214. The bridegroom must devote himself to his wife for one year - Dt 24:5

  215. The law of circumcision - Gen 17:10
    There are two commandments here: Get circumcised and circumcise your son when he is eight days old.

  216. The law of the Levirite Marriage - Dt 25:5

  217. Chalitzah - Dt 25:9
    The law of Chalitzah: If a man refuses to "go in unto" his dead brother's wife, she shall loosen his shoe and spit in his face.

  218. A violator must marry the maiden he has violated - Dt 22:29

  219. The law of the defamer of a bride - Dt 22:19

  220. The law of the seducer - Ex 22:15-16

  221. The law of the captive woman - Dt 21:11

  222. The law of divorce - Dt 24:1

  223. The law of a suspected adulteress - Num 5:12-13

  224. Whip the transgressors of certain commandments - Dt 25:2

  225. The law of manslaughter - Num 35:24

  226. Behead the transgressors of certain commandments - Ex 21:20
    Ex 21:20 says a man who beats his slave to death shall be punished. The rabbis decided he should be beheaded.

  227. Strangle transgressors of certain commandments - Lev 20:10
    Lev 20:10 says adulterers should be killed. The rabbis said they should be strangled.

  228. Burn the transgressors of certain commandments - Lev 20:14
    In Lev 20:14, the transgressors to be burned are a man, his wife, and his mother-in-law.

  229. Stone the transgressors of certain commandments - Dt 22:24
    In Dt 22:24, the transgressor to be stoned is an urban rape victim who didn't scream loud enough.

  230. Hang the bodies of the transgressors of certain commandments after execution - Dt 21:22
    Dt 21:22 says that all executed people must be hung on trees.

  231. The law of burial - Dt 21:23

  232. The law of a Hebrew bondman - Ex 21:2

  233. A Hebrew bondmaid must be married by her master or his son - Ex 21:8

  234. Redemption of a Hebrew bondmaid - Ex 21:8

  235. The law of a Canaanite bondman - Lev 25:46
    (They are your possessions, will be inherited by your children, and must be slaves forever.)

  236. Penalty for inflicting injury - Ex 21:18-19

  237. The law of injuries caused by an ox - Ex 21:28
    (The ox is stoned, its flesh isn't eaten, but its owner isn't punished.)

  238. The law of injuries caused by an pit - Ex 21:33

  239. The law of theft - Ex 22:3
    (If a thief is too poor to pay for his theft, he is to be sold as a slave.)

  240. The law of damage caused by a beast - Ex 22:4

  241. The law of damage caused by a fire - Ex 22:5

  242. The law of an unpaid bailee - Ex 22:6

  243. The law of a paid bailee - Ex 22:9

  244. The law of a borrower - Ex 22:13

  245. The law of buying and selling - Lev 25:14

  246. The law of litigants - Ex 22:8

  247. Saving the life of the pursued - Dt 25:12
    (Cut off a woman's hand if she touches a man's genitals.)

  248. The law of inheritance - Num 27:8-11