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Definition of Mitzvah

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(Hebrew) good deed; commandment, Jewish law of moral conduct
Mitzvah Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
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1. (Judaism) a precept or commandment of the Jewish law
(synonym) mitsvah
(hypernym) teaching, precept, commandment
(classification) Judaism
2. (Judaism) a good deed performed out of religious duty
(synonym) mitsvah
(hypernym) deed, feat, effort, exploit
(classification) Judaism
Mitzvah Definition from Religion & Spirituality Dictionaries & Glossaries
Official Judaism Glossary
"Mitzvah" literally means "commandment," as in The Ten Commandments. It is used to refer to actions that a Jew is required or expected to perform. These may be rules of the halakhah or as acts of charity and kindness. Maimonides compiled a list of 613 mitzvot that Jews are expected to do.
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In its primary meaning, the Hebrew word ("commandment", , , Biblical: ; plural , Biblical: ; from "command") refers to precepts and commandments as commanded by God. It is used in rabbinical Judaism to refer to the 613 commandments given in the Torah at biblical Mount Sinai and the seven rabbinic commandments instituted later for a total of 620. According to the Talmud, all moral laws are, or are derived from, divine commandments.

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