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Negative Commandment 239

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Negative Commandment 239 (Digest)
Forcefully Taking Collateral

"You shall not go into his house to take his pledge"Deuteronomy 24:10.

It is forbidden for a creditor to enter the borrower's home and forcibly take collateral for a debt that is due. Only the courts, via a court-appointed agent, have the right to do this.


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
What is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow. This is the entire Torah; the rest is the commentary -- go and learn
  –Hillel the Elder, to a would-be convert to Judaism who asked to be taught the entire Torah 'on one foot' (Talmud, Shabbat 31a)
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