Those not familiar with the Jewish tradition often ask: “what is Mitzvah?”
The literal meaning of the Hebrew word mitzvah is commandment, but the generally accepted sense is that of a good deed. The emphasis is on deeds—not on positive thoughts or wishes, but on conscious acts of empathy and kindness.
In its primary meaning, the Hebrew word mitzvah מִצְוָה – plural מִצְווֹת mitzvot refers to a commandment commanded by G’d to be performed as a religious duty. Jewish law “halakha” in large part consists of discussion of these commandments. Traditionally, it is held that there are 613 such commandments.
In its secondary meaning, the word mitzvah refers to a deed performed in order to fulfill such a commandment. As such, the term mitzvah has also come to express an individual act of human kindness in keeping with the law. The expression includes a sense of heartfelt sentiment beyond mere legal duty, as “you shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Leviticus 19:18). A mitzvah is requested of us but it is something we do out of free will and it is motivated not by power and authority but by voluntary love.
If you are a Christian you likely learned the concept in the new testament.
Remember what Yeshua said: “Love the Lord your G’d with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength” (the first commandment) and He continued “the second is this: “love your neighbor as yourself. No other commandment is greater than these”.
Let’s do that!
Pray for the peace of Yerushalayim