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1A precept or commandment.
principle, rule, tenet, canon, code, doctrine, guideline, working principle, law, ordinance, statute, command, order, decree, mandate, dictate, dictum, directive, direction, instruction, injunction, prescription, commandmentView synonyms
- ‘As was mentioned earlier, it is a mitzvah which rules the principle of family purity and falls upon the woman, directly and exclusively, for she is the only person responsible for its consummation.’
- ‘They are only obligatory if it is possible to fulfill them, so the first principle to recall is that it is a mitzvah (a commanded obligation) for people to have children only if they can.’
- ‘Several modern scholars rule that this mitzvah includes an obligation to prevent someone from losing their health in the first place.’
- ‘There are 613 mitzvoth in the Jewish religion but one of them really stands out in my mind and that is honoring our parents.’
- ‘I spent the time studying Torah with a rabbi in New York, and at some point decided to commit myself to observing the mitzvoth of the Torah.’
- 1.1 A good deed done from religious duty.
- ‘But when she heard about my situation, she decided it was a bigger mitzvah to help me than to study Torah in Israel.’
- ‘As humans we are charged with the angelic task of managing the amazing place we call the world through a system of prayer and mitzvoth.’
- ‘Since it is a mitzvah to visit the sick, every traditional Jewish community has a group that makes hospital visits on request - to friends or strangers.’
- ‘It's considered what we call an mitzvah, a good deed to do.’
- ‘Giving charity is a positive mitzvah, a personal religious obligation no less than prayer or Torah study.’
- ‘In such a case, it is a great mitzvah for a Jew to donate organs to save another person's life.’
- ‘It's a mitzvah - a good deed - and we wish him great success.’
Mid 17th century: from Hebrew miṣwāh commandment.
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