- any of the collection of 613 commandments or precepts in the Bible and additional ones of rabbinic origin that relate chiefly to the religious and moral conduct of Jews.
- any good or praiseworthy deed.
Origin of mitzvah
Related Wordsprecept, edict, order, rule, mitzvah, courtesy, aid, instrumentality, intervention, support, coattails, ministration, troubleshooting
Examples from the Web for mitzvah
"My Haredi brothers, army service is also a mitzvah, no less than that," he said.Naftali Bennett Wants Ultra-Orthodox in the IDF
February 13, 2013
Bennett even called it a “mitzvah,” which translates literally into "commandment."Bennett’s First Speech To The Knesset
Brent E. Sasley
February 13, 2013
Without getting into detail, Yaakov told The Daily Beast simply, “It should be considered a mitzvah to use these things.”Religious Sex-Toy Sites Vow to Save Marriages
December 30, 2011
I want to earn a Mitzvah (good deed) and a little money thereby.'Ghetto Comedies
And the essence of a "mitzvah" was that it was a thing which God willed to have done.
The sole reason allowable for doing a Mitzvah is the hope of pleasing God thereby.
It is far more exciting than a wedding in London, for it is considered a 'Mitzvah' to rejoice with a young bridal couple.Pictures of Jewish Home-Life Fifty Years Ago
The blessing that charity brings to the giver was a favorite idea of Akiba—a Mitzvah!A Thousand Years of Jewish History
Maurice H. (Maurice Henry) Harris
- a commandment or precept, esp one found in the Bible
- a good deed
Word Origin and History for mitzvah
Jewish rabbinical commandment, 1640s, from Hebrew mitzwah "commandment, precept," from base of tziwwah "he commanded," related to Arabic wasa "he bound, united."