ONE SHOULD HAVE IN MIND THAT HE IS
PERFORMING A MITZVOH WHEN HE IS IN
THE PROCESS OF PERFORMING IT
This refers to a Torah Commandment. However, a Rabbinical Commandment does not require intention to fulfill it. Some say that no intent is required in order to fulfill a Mitzvoh which entails an act if it is performed in its proper manner. However, they too agree that Mitzvohs which are only performed orally (by speech) require intent.
Examples: One does not fulfill his requirement if he merely read Krias Shma or Remembered Amalek without intent of performing a Mitzvoh. But, if he blew Shofar (for music), or ate Matzoh (not knowing that it is Pesach), or waved a Lulav and Esrog in the Halochically-correct manner, even without the intent of fulfilling a Mitzvoh, he fulfills the Mitzvoh.
Someone who performs a Mitzvoh expressly not to fulfill it, does not fulfill it.
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