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To facilitate contemporary mitzvah-observance, the venerable Chafetz Chayim complied his Sefer HaMitzvah the positive and negative commandments applicate in our time, along with his own incisive commentary.
Mitzvah (Hebrew: מצווה) "commandment"; plural, mitzvot; from צוה, tzavah, "command") is a word used in Judaism to refer to (a) the commandments, of which there are 613, given in the Torah (the first five books of the Hebrew Bible) or (b) any Jewish law at all. The term can also refer to the fulfillment of a mitzvah as defined above.

The term mitzvah has also come to express any act of human kindness, such as the burial of the body of an unknown person. According to the teachings of Judaism, all moral laws are, or are derived from, divine commandments.

Rabbis are divided between those who seek the purpose of the mitzvot and those who do not question them. The former argue that if the reason for each mitzvah could be determined, people might try to achieve what they see as the purpose of the mitzvah, without actually performing the mitzvah itself.
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