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Daily Mitzvah

Negative Commandment 252

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Negative Commandment 252 (Digest)
Hurtful Words to a Convert

"You shall not wrong a stranger"Exodus 22:20.

It is forbidden to verbally distress or humiliate a convert. Such as by telling him, "Yesterday you were an idolater and now you have entered under the wings of the Divine Presence..."

Though it is forbidden to verbally humiliate anyone, one who does so to a convert transgresses this prohibition, too.

Translation of (the unabridged text of) Sefer Hamitzvot by Rabbi Berel Bell, member of the Rabbinical Court of Montreal and director of Teacher Training for the Jewish Learning Institute.

From "Sefer Hamitzvot in English," published by Sichos in English.
Daily Quote
From one burning candle many candles are lit, yet its own light is not diminished. So, too, Moses lost nothing that was his when he "emanated of his spirit" (Numbers 11:17) to the 70 elders
  –Midrash Rabbah
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