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Daily Mitzvah

Positive Commandment 220, 218; Negative Commandment 358; Positive Commandment 219; Negative Commandment 359

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Positive Commandment 220 (Digest)
The Law of the Seducer

"If a man seduces a virgin..."Exodus 22:15.

In the event that a man seduces a virgin, we are commanded to follow the pertinent laws detailed in the Torah.

Positive Commandment 218 (Digest)
The Law of the Rapist

"She shall be his wife. . . . He may not send her away all the days of his life"Deuteronomy 22:29.

One who rapes [a virgin] must marry the maiden [if she so desires].

Negative Commandment 358 (Digest)
Divorcing a Rape Victim

"She shall be his wife. . . . He may not send her away all the days of his life"Deuteronomy 22:29.

As explained in Positive Commandment 218, one who rapes [a virgin] must marry the maiden [if she so desires]. He may never divorce her [without her consent].

Positive Commandment 219 (Digest)
The Slandering Husband

"She shall be his wife; he may not send her away all the days of his life"Deuteronomy 22:19.

In the event that a man slanders his newly-married virgin wife, falsely accusing her of infidelity, we are commanded to follow the pertinent laws detailed in the Torah. This includes lashes for the husband, and his obligation to remain married to this wife [if she so desires].

Negative Commandment 359 (Digest)
Divorcing the Defamation Victim

"He may not send her away as long as he lives"Deuteronomy 22:19.

As explained in Positive Commandment 219, a husband who slanders his newly-married virgin wife, falsely accusing her of infidelity, must remain married to the wife [if she so desires]. He may never divorce her [without her consent].


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
He who lifts his hand against his fellow, even if he did not strike him, is called wicked
  –Talmud, Sanhedrin 58b
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