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Negative Commandment 308, 307

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Negative Commandment 308 (Digest)
Tampering with Signs of Tzaraat

"Take heed in the plague of tzaraat"Deuteronomy 24:8.

It is forbidden to cut or burn off signs of tzaraat [e.g., white hairs] in order to change their appearance [so that the person does not appear impure].

Negative Commandment 307 (Digest)
Shaving Hair-Area Tzaraat

"But the patch shall not be shaved"Leviticus 13:33.

It is forbidden to shave the hair [in the area immediately surrounding] a hair-area tzaraat affliction.


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
The chassidim of Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi used to say: Our Rebbe revives the dead. What is a corpse? Something cold and unfeeling. Life is movement, warmth, excitement. Is there anything as frozen in self-absorption, as cold and unfeeling as the mind? And when the cold mind understands, comprehends, and is excited by a G‑dly idea - is this not a revival of the dead?
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