mitz·​vah | \ ˈmits-və How to pronounce mitzvah (audio) \
plural mitzvoth\ ˈmits-​ˌvōt How to pronounce mitzvoth (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 Events like weddings and b’nei mitzvah services will go on as planned this weekend, but the synagogue asked that only immediate family members attend the events. oregonlive, "Coronavirus and Oregon’s congregations: Livestreaming services, bows and waves instead of handshakes," 13 Mar. 2020 Following the service, everyone is invited to stay for a festive oneg (reception) with latkes and a mitzvah opportunity of assembling bus pass kits for the homeless. cleveland, "Celebrating Chanukah at Fairmount Temple; Jewish Federation’s Annual Campaign Closing Celebration; more: Press Run," 29 Nov. 2019 Thank you, God, for the mitzvah [commandment] of lighting the candles. Mary Beth Mccauley, The Christian Science Monitor, "‘Remember the sabbath’: How one family lives the Fourth Commandment," 8 Nov. 2019 These three different messages of kol are echoed in the mitzvah of shofar. Rabbi Avi Weiss,, "The voice of the shofar is loud and clear," 23 Sep. 2019 Rabbis in the camp decreed that even one minute spent inside was a sufficient mitzvah, or good deed. New York Times, "An Improbable Relic of Auschwitz: a Shofar That Defied the Nazis," 21 Sep. 2019 There’s also the mitzvah of the joy that this brings, not only for Joey, his mother and us at Giborim U, but also the entire community. Sergio Carmona,, "JCC exhibit is ‘dream come true’ for artist born with Down syndrome," 29 Aug. 2019 As the JCS Kosher Food Bank is able to buy food for its families with the project's proceeds, Schwartzbaum noted that the students also learned about the mitzvah of helping families in their community. Sergio Carmona, Jewish Journal, "Hebrew Academy students learn math skills through restaurant project," 14 June 2018 The community recently performed a mitzvah as 520 local volunteers of different ages delivered Passover food baskets to more than 600 homebound seniors throughout Miami-Dade County. Sergio Carmona, Jewish Journal, "Volunteers make special deliveries to Miami-Dade seniors during Passover food distribution," 30 Mar. 2018

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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 12 Jul. 2020.

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