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Negative Commandment 137

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Negative Commandment 137 (Digest)
A "Profaned" Woman Eating Holy Foods

And if a priest's daughter is married to a non-priest, she shall not eat of that which is set apart of the holy [foods]"Leviticus 22:12.

A chalalah [a woman who had sexual relations with a priest whom she is forbidden to marry because of his priestly status (e.g., she was a divorcee), or the daughter born from such a relationship] may not eat Terumah (the priestly tithe) or the chest and foreleg [of the Peace Offering that is gifted to the priest].

Included in this precept is the prohibition against the daughter of a priest who married a non-priest from partaking of the chest or foreleg—even if she has divorced or is widowed.


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.
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