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 If William O’Haire was going to take the legal road with him, well, goodbye to the mitzvah. Ben Kesling, WSJ, 28 May 2021 In Judaism, tzedakah—roughly, charity—is a moral obligation, a mitzvah. Magda Teter, The New York Review of Books, 13 Apr. 2021 The program is presented by Park Synagogue, and attendees will be doing a mitzvah for the Cleveland Jewish community. Joan Rusek, cleveland, 27 Feb. 2021 The shofar is an ancient musical horn typically made of a ram's horn and is the central mitzvah, or observance, of Rosh Hashanah. Evan Casey, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 17 Sep. 2020 In June, the facility reopened with members following guidelines including temperature checks and the mitzvah (good deed) of mask wearing. Joan Elovitz Kazan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12 Sep. 2020 Fasting on Yom Kippur is a mitzvah, or commandment. Kelsey Hurwitz, Woman's Day, 17 July 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, 29 Nov. 2019 Thank you, God, for the mitzvah [commandment] of lighting the candles. Mary Beth Mccauley, The Christian Science Monitor, 8 Nov. 2019

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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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9 Jun 2021

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“Mitzvah.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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