mitz·​vah | \ ˈmits-və How to pronounce mitzvah (audio) \
plural mitzvoth\ ˈmits-​ˌvōt How to pronounce mitzvah (audio) , -​ˌvōth , -​ˌvōs \ or mitzvahs

Definition of mitzvah

1 : a commandment of the Jewish law
2 : a meritorious or charitable act

Examples of mitzvah in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web By the Great Synagogue, a bald guy with a big black yarmulke stops us and mumbles something about a mitzvah. Etgar Keret, The New Yorker, 20 June 2022 Honestly, that Netflix took this one almost qualifies as a mitzvah for theaters. Scott Mendelson, Forbes, 29 June 2022 On the individual level, the Talmud states, there is no reward for doing a mitzvah in this world; that comes in the hereafter (Kiddushin 39b). Rabbi Avi Weiss, Sun Sentinel, 23 May 2022 But a bat-mitzvah would mark a young woman’s exit from participation. Lisa Fishbayn Joffe, The Conversation, 15 Mar. 2022 Indeed, emphasis on life overrides any mitzvah; even Shabbat must be violated to save life. Rabbi Avi Weiss,, 7 Sep. 2021 In Judaism, tzedakah—roughly, charity—is a moral obligation, a mitzvah. Magda Teter, The New York Review of Books, 29 Apr. 2021 And Jewish Americans, who polls show have a whopping 85 percent acceptance rate for the vaccine, have heard from many rabbis that getting inoculated is a mitzvah. San Diego Union-Tribune, 30 Sep. 2021 The greatest mitzvah performed by survivors was continuing to bring children into this world. Rabbi Avi Weiss,, 7 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of mitzvah

1723, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for mitzvah

Hebrew miṣwāh

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“Mitzvah.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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