mitzvah mitzvah  /ˈmɪtsvə/


  1. (n) (Judaism) a precept or commandment of the Jewish law
  2. (n) (Judaism) a good deed performed out of religious duty



  1. When an uninitiated Jewish male drops by a Mitzvah Mobile, the Lubavitchers show him how to wrap the tefillin, pray with him, and send him on his way belatedly bar mitzvahed.
  2. When a Jewish boy turns 13, he heads to a temple for a deeply meaningful rite of passage, his bar mitzvah.
  3. During the summer of my 13th year, my father took me to Japan as a bar mitzvah present.


  1. Extra Extra: Rahm Emanuel Goes To Israel

    He is taking his daughter to Israel to mark her bat mitzvah, but he's mixing in a little work, too, as he will attend the Israeli Presidential Conference. [ more › ]
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Chicagoist

  2. Bat mitzvah: A matter of Faith and a spiritual life

    Rabbi Mitchell Hurvitz had a special "spiritual charge" for his daughter, Faith Basha, on her becoming a bat mitzvah recently. Photo: Contributed Photo
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Greenwich Citizen


      SCOTT ADLER, son of Allison & Jon Stashower and Craig Adler, will celebrate his bar mitzvah on Saturday, June 15 at Temple Israel in Westport.   EMILY BOWMAN, daughter... Read more »
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Jewish Ledger


  1. "I don't know if this counts in rabbinical law or whatever, but if it doesn't, I do plan to have a bar mitzvah," Franco said.
    on Feb 13, 2009 By: James Franco Source: International Herald Tribune

  2. "Sorry, this is my bar mitzvah. I never had a bar mitzvah," Bell said.
    on Apr 11, 2007 By: Joshua Bell Source: Forbes

  3. "You understand, I'm Jewish," Frank said. "I'm not an expert on the Sermon on the Mount. I'm for same-sex unions. But being Jewish, the Sermon on the Mount didn't come up that much at my Bar Mitzvah."
    on Mar 5, 2008 By: Barney Frank Source:

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