The role of Torah and of mitzvot in Jewish life

Jews follow the Torah in their everyday life as a way of remaining close to God. Jews study the Torah closely and it is read as part of worship in the synagogue.

The Torah scroll is mainly used in the ritual of Torah reading during Jewish prayers

The mitzvot are the commandments by which Jews have to live. In total, there are 613 commandments.

248 commandments are things which Jews must do (positive) and 365 refer to things which Jews are not allowed to do. The Ten Commandments are included in these.

The mitzvot stretch into every aspect of life for a Jewish person. Keeping these means living a disciplined life, from the food one can and cannot eat to divorce proceedings.

Keeping the Torah and the mitzvot are seen by Jewish people as responding to God and fulfilling their duty as God’s people.