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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
It is a singular, tremendous privilege if the Almighty grants a person an aptitude for, and a delight in, doing a fellow Jew a favor. If the Almighty grants a person that his fellow man will be more dear to him than himself... It is worth one's while to toil five hours a day for five days -- toil of the body and toil of the soul -- to comprehend the Divine, if the result is that one truly desires to do a favor to a fellow...
  –Rabbi Sholom DovBer of Lubavitch (1860-1920)
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