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Since biblical times the religious commandments or obligations (Hebr. mitsvot, sing. mitsvah) have constituted a central element of Jewish life. Since antiquity Jewish scholars have been engaged in formulating theological justifications for the mitsvot, and therefore their validity. The search for such justifications stems from the desire to develop a coherent doctrine on the essence of the mitsvot and…

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Pitkowsky, Michael, “Mitsvot”, in: Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture Online, Original German Language Edition: Enzyklopädie Jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur. Im Auftrag der Sächsischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig herausgegeben von Dan Diner. © J.B. Metzler, Stuttgart/Springer-Verlag GmbH Deutschland 2011–2017. Consulted online on 02 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-8894_ejhc_COM_0555>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20210312

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