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Negative Commandment 248, 249

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Negative Commandment 248 (Digest)
Denying a Debt

"Do not deny"Leviticus 19:11.

It is forbidden for a person to deny a debt that he owes or to deny that a person entrusted him an object for safekeeping.

Negative Commandment 249 (Digest)
Swearing Falsely in Denial of a Debt

"Do not lie to each other"Leviticus 19:11.

It is forbidden to take a false oath in denial of a debt or any other financial obligation.


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
Our sages have said, "Words which come from the heart, enter the heart." It therefore follows that if you have failed to have a positive influence on your fellow, the fault lies not with him or her, but with yourself. Had you truly been sincere, your words would certainly have been effective.
  –Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak of Lubavitch (Hayom Yom, Iyar 26)
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