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Mitzvah

Postby Slava » Sun Apr 17, 2011 8:43 pm

A seemingly common enough word, but I came across it used by itself recently, without the usual bar or bat before it.

It turns out that a mitzvah is a good deed. Something praiseworthy. I never knew of this usage before two days ago, so I thought I'd share it, in case others thought it was just a part of a religious ceremony.

So, now you can all go out and do your mitzvah for the day. Help the elderly across the street, carry some groceries, help change a flat tire, etc.
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Postby MTC » Tue Apr 19, 2011 11:23 pm

Leading to a "Mitzvah Merit Badge" for Boy Scouts, perhaps...?

Regardless, every Yiddish word I hear conjures the spirit of Mel Brooks. Intending no disrespect, you might appreciate Brooks' version of the origin of the Ten Commandments on You Tube: http://thebarmitzvahblog.wordpress.com/ ... 2%A0moses/
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Postby MTC » Tue Apr 19, 2011 11:34 pm

Mitzvah may well be Hebrew as opposed to Yiddish. We Goyim do our best.
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