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mitzvah

[Sephardic Hebrew meets-vah, mits-; English, Ashkenazic Hebrew mits-vuh] /Sephardic Hebrew mitsˈvɑ, mɪts-; English, Ashkenazic Hebrew ˈmɪts və/
noun, plural mitzvoth, mitzvot, mitzvos
[Sephardic Hebrew meets-vawt, mits-; Ashkenazic Hebrew mits-vohs] /Sephardic Hebrew mitsˈvɔt, mɪts-; Ashkenazic Hebrew mɪtsˈvoʊs/ (Show IPA).
English, mitzvahs [mits-vuh z] /ˈmɪts vəz/ (Show IPA). Hebrew.
1.
any of the collection of 613 commandments or precepts in the Bible and additional ones of rabbinic origin that relate chiefly to the religious and moral conduct of Jews.
2.
any good or praiseworthy deed.
Also, mitsvah.
Origin
miṣwāh commandment
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British Dictionary definitions for mitzvoth

mitzvah

/ˈmɪtsvə; Hebrew mitsˈvɑ/
noun (Judaism) (pl) -vahs, -voth (Hebrew) (-ˈvɔt)
1.
a commandment or precept, esp one found in the Bible
2.
a good deed
Word Origin
from Hebrew: commandment
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Word Origin and History for mitzvoth
mitzvah
Jewish rabbinical commandment, 1650, from Heb. mitzwah "commandment, precept," from base tziwwah "he commanded," related to Arabic wasa "he bound, united."
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Encyclopedia Article for mitzvoth

mitzva

any commandment, ordinance, law, or statute contained in the Torah (first five books of the Bible) and, for that reason, to be observed by all practicing Jews

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