Women’s Status, Part 3: Positive Time-Bound Mitzvot
on the Deracheha website.
Positive Time-Bound Mitzvot
● Why does the exemption from this single category loom large? (See Appendix One.)
● Are women more religiously enthusiastic than men? What about working women? (See Appendix Two.)
Between Husband and Wife
● Do time-bound mitzvot really take up that much time? (See Appendix Three.)
Rav Menachem M. Schneerson "Address to Convention of N’shei Ubnos Chabad," 25 Iyar 5744 Women are freed from performing mitzvos which are obligatory only at a specific time (e.g., tzitzis, which is obligatory only during the day). The AriZal writes concerning such mitzvos: “When the male performs the mitzvah, it is unnecessary that the woman should also do them separately, for she has already been included with him at the time when he does the mitzvah... This is the meaning of our Sages’ statement, ‘One’s wife is as one’s body.’”…In other words, when Torah frees a women from certain mitzvos, it frees her only from doing them — so that she can devote her time and energies to her unique mission. The state of wholeness and perfection that is attained, and the reward that accrues, from these mitzvos, does pertain to women also — through her husband performing them.