mitzvah

Pronunciations

mitzvah (MIHTZ-vuh)
mitzvah (meetz-VAH)

Definitions

  • n. Good deed.

  • n. Jewish ritual commandment.

Example Sentences

  • "What a mitzvah it was for Sarah to help that elderly woman cross the street."

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew

Etymology

  • Heb. מִצְוָה mitzvah 'commandment' > Yid. מ(י)צװה mitzve

    • Who Uses This

      • Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
      • Non-Jews: (words that have spread outside of Jewish networks)

      Regions

      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa
      • Australia / New Zealand

      Dictionaries

      • The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
      • Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
      • The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
      • Frumspeak: The First Dictionary of Yeshivish, by Chaim Weiser (Northvale, 1995).
      • Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

      Alternative Spellings

      mitzva, mitsvah, mitsve, mitsva, mitzve, mitsveh, mitzveh

Notes

  • Plural mitzvot / mitsvot / mitzves / mitsves.

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