mitzvah
noun (plural mitzvoth or mitzvahs) Etymology: Hebrew miṣwāh Date: 1650 1. a commandment of the Jewish law 2. a meritorious or charitable act

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  • MITZVAH — (Heb. מִצְוָה), a commandment, precept, or religious duty. The term is derived from the Hebrew root צוה which means to command or to ordain. In common usage, mitzvah has taken on the meaning of a good deed. Already in the Talmud, this word was… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • Mitzvah — מצוה es una palabra hebrea que significa mandamiento (plural mitzvot; de צוה, tzavah mandar ). La palabra se usa en el Judaísmo para referirse a ● (a) los mandamientos, de los cuales se cree que hay 613, según el Torah (el primero de los cinco… …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • mitzvah — (n.) Jewish rabbinical commandment, 1640s, from Hebrew mitzwah commandment, precept, from base of tziwwah he commanded, related to Arabic wasa he bound, united …   Etymology dictionary

  • mitzvah — [mits′və, mits vä′] n. pl. mitzvahs or mitzvoth [mitzvōt′] [Heb mitsva, lit., commandment < root cwh, to command, order] Judaism 1. a) a commandment or precept in the Bible or from the rabbis b) an act fulfilling such a command 2. loosely a… …   English World dictionary

  • Mitzvah — This article is about beliefs in Judaism. For the Jewish rite of passage, see Bar Mitzvah and Bat Mitzvah. Part of a series of articles on Jews and Judaism …   Wikipedia

  • Mitzvah —  Ne doit pas être confondu avec matzevah (מצבה, monument ). Mitzvah (Hébreu: מצווה, ; pluriel, mitzvot) signifie prescription (de צוה, tzavah, commander ). Il s agit d une occurrence particulière au Judaïsme pour désigner soit les… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • mitzvah —    (MITZ vah) [Hebrew] In Judaism, a commandment, precept, or rule of conduct taken from the Bible or issued by a rabbi; any commendable or praiseworthy deed.    See also bar mitzvah, bat mitzvah …   Dictionary of foreign words and phrases

  • mitzvah — Seph. /meets vah , mits /; Eng., Ashk. /mits veuh/, n., pl. mitzvoth, mitzvot, mitzvos Seph. / vawt /; Ashk. / vohs/, Eng. mitzvahs. Hebrew. 1. any of the collection of 613 commandments or precepts in the Bible and additional ones of rabbinic… …   Universalium

  • mitzvah — noun a) Any of the 613 commandments of Jewish law b) An act of kindness …   Wiktionary

  • mitzvah — Synonyms and related words: act of grace, act of kindness, benefaction, benefit, benevolence, benignity, blessing, canon, code, commandment, convention, courtesy, dictum, favor, form, formula, general principle, golden rule, good deed, good… …   Moby Thesaurus

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