from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A commandment of the Jewish law.
- n. The fulfillment of such a commandment.
- n. A worthy deed.
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- n. Any of the 613 commandments of Jewish law
- n. An act of kindness
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- n. (Judaism) a good deed performed out of religious duty
- n. (Judaism) a precept or commandment of the Jewish law
The word mitzvah does not mean “good deed” but actually means commandment.
“Sometimes a mitzvah is seeing for yourself and coaxing a smile from the darkness.”
"It's what we call a mitzvah, a blessing or a good deed, to go to a funeral.
It is considered a blessing - or "mitzvah" - for a congregation to have a Sefer Torah.
He said this like it was a marvelous good deed, something Jeri might have called a mitzvah.
May we be found worthy by God to be numbered in the circle of these women and men … The reward of a mitzvah is the recognition of the great deed by God.
The Shulhan Arukh rules that although it is customary for a man to light the Hanukkah lamp on behalf of the entire household, and although the mitzvah is a time-dependent precept, a woman may fulfill the obligation on behalf of her household (Orah Hayyim 675: 3).
Just as the mitzvah of the Hanukkah lights is described as a mitzvah for “a person and his household,” which the man usually performs, women accepted kindling the Sabbath lights as their personal mitzvah.
Our Jewish friends have what is called a mitzvah, which can literally mean a Biblical commandment; in a larger sense it can also mean any act of human kindness.
An example is the Jewish Kabbalistic transformation of the notion of mitzvah (“commandment”) to that of