[ Sephardic Hebrew meets-vah, mits-; English, Ashkenazic Hebrew mits-vuh ]
/ Sephardic Hebrew mitsˈvɑ, mɪts-; English, Ashkenazic Hebrew ˈmɪts və /
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noun, plural mitz·voth, mitz·vot, mitz·vos [Sephardic Hebrew meets-vawt, mits-; Ashkenazic Hebrew mits-vohs]; /Sephardic Hebrew mitsˈvɔt, mɪts-; Ashkenazic Hebrew mɪtsˈvoʊs/; English mitz·vahs [mits-vuhz]. /ˈmɪts vəz/. Hebrew.
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.
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Origin of mitzvah
First recorded in 1720–30; from Hebrew miṣwāh “command, commandment”
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How to use mitzvah in a sentence
Even grounding mitzvot in morality was idolatrous, he said, because morals served human needs.Yeshayahu Leibowitz Is Not The Name Of A Street|Gershom Gorenberg|April 18, 2013|DAILY BEAST
British Dictionary definitions for mitzvah
/ (ˈmɪtsvə, Hebrew mitsˈvɑ) /
noun plural -vahs or -voth (Hebrew -ˈvɔt) Judaism
a commandment or precept, esp one found in the Bible
a good deed
Word Origin for mitzvah
from Hebrew: commandment
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