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

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In his addendum to Rambam’s (Maimonides) Book of Commandments, Ramban notes that Rambam failed to mention living in Israel as a distinct mitzvah. Rabbi Avi Weiss,, "The value of living in the land of Israel," 29 July 2019 Those giving their time are welcome bring along children, grandchildren, friends or other family members to share in this mitzvah. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "Summer Meals on Wheels drivers needed," 6 June 2019 The occasion’s typically highlighted with prayers, pomp and celebration called the bar (or bat) mitzvah. Ramona Sentinel, "Ask Mr. Marketing: Today I am a fountain pen," 16 July 2019 Temple Sinai of Palm Beach County in Delray Beach celebrated six women in a ceremony last month who completed an adult b’nai mitzvah course. Sergio Carmona,, "South Florida synagogues offer Jewish life cycle opportunities for adults," 21 June 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 And to Kevin, for a gift even greater than the mitzvah of matchmaking. Sari Botton, Longreads, "Inadvertent Matchmaker Seeks a Love of Her Own," 15 Feb. 2018 For Wolf, this mitzvah was personal for him because Zarchi is his brother-in-law. Sergio Carmona, Jewish Journal, "South Florida Jewish organizations, synagogues partner to aid Puerto Rico," 20 Oct. 2017

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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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