[Sephardic Hebrew meets-vah, mits-; English, Ashkenazic Hebrew mits-vuh]
- 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
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- a commandment or precept, esp one found in the Bible
- a good deed
from Hebrew: commandment
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Word Origin and History for mitzvot
Jewish rabbinical commandment, 1640s, from Hebrew mitzwah "commandment, precept," from base of tziwwah "he commanded," related to Arabic wasa "he bound, united."
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