mitzvah : Definition, Usages, News and More

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

  • 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.
  • When a Jewish boy turns 13, he heads to a temple for a deeply meaningful rite of passage, his bar mitzvah.
  • During the summer of my 13th year, my father took me to Japan as a bar mitzvah present.
News & Articles

  • 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 › ]
    June 13, 2013 - Chicagoist
  • 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
    June 12, 2013 - 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 »
    June 12, 2013 - Jewish Ledger

  • James Franco in International Herald Tribune
    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.
  • Joshua Bell in Forbes
    Sorry, this is my bar mitzvah. I never had a bar mitzvah,Bell said.
  • Barney Frank in
    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."

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