Mitzvot Explained for Kids

What are Mitzvot?

taryagThe word ‘mitzvah’ means ‘commandment’ or ‘rule’. Rules are like traffic lights – they make life easier for people to live.

Mitzvot are the things that God wants us to do. When you do a mitzvah it makes you a happier, healthier and smarter person.

HOW MANY MITZVOT ARE THERE?

All the mitzvot are written down in the Torah. Altogether, there are 613 mitzvot. In Hebrew, these are known as taryag mitzvot as the Hebrew word taryag has letters adding up to 613 in value. These letters are:

Tet (400) + Resh (200) + Yud (10) + Gimmel (3) = 613

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE MITZVOT?

cleaningThere are mitzvot about foods, holidays and prayers, kindness and cleanliness, honesty, how to treat other people and lots more. These are some of the mitzvot we should try do:

  • Honour your mother and father
  • Share
  • Learn
  • Pray
  • Visit the sick or elderly
  • Care for animals

These are just some examples of mitzvot that God wants us to do. There are many more!

It’s good to do mitzvot. Doing God’s mitzvot will help make you a better person. Doing God’s mitzvot will make the world a better place.

LINKS

Information Pages

Akhlah: 613 Mitzvot

Activities for Children

BJE:

Putting the Mitzvah in Bar and Bat Mitzvah

Mitzvot Matching

What Can You Do? Hangman

Mitzvot Jumble

Grandparents Are Special

Mitzvot

 

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