Pronunciation: ( Seph.mēts-vä', mits-; Eng., Ashk. mits'vu), [key]
—pl. -voth, -vot, -vosPronunciation: ( Seph.-vôt'; Ashk. -vōs), [key] Eng. -vahs. 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.
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