noun (plural mitzvoth /ˈmɪtsvəʊt/)Judaism
1A precept or commandment.
- They are only obligatory if it is possible to fulfill them, so the first principle to recall is that it is a mitzvah (a commanded obligation) for people to have children only if they can.
- As was mentioned earlier, it is a mitzvah which rules the principle of family purity and falls upon the woman, directly and exclusively, for she is the only person responsible for its consummation.
- Several modern scholars rule that this mitzvah includes an obligation to prevent someone from losing their health in the first place.
Mid 17th century: from Hebrew miṣwāh 'commandment'.
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