Definition of mitzvah in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈmɪtsvə

noun (plural mitzvoth /-vəʊt/)

1A precept or commandment.
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  • 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.
1.1A good deed done from religious duty.
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  • Giving charity is a positive mitzvah, a personal religious obligation no less than prayer or Torah study.
  • It's a mitzvah - a good deed - and we wish him great success.
  • It's considered what we call an mitzvah, a good deed to do.


mid 17th century: from Hebrew miṣwāh 'commandment'.

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