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Daily Mitzvah

Day 271: Negative Commandment 252

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Negative Commandment 252 (Digest)
Hurtful Words to a Convert

"You shall not wrong a stranger"Exodus 22:20.

It is forbidden to verbally distress or humiliate a convert. Such as by telling him, "Yesterday you were an idolater and now you have entered under the wings of the Divine Presence..."

Though it is forbidden to verbally humiliate anyone, one who does so to a convert transgresses this prohibition, too.

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 Tablets were each six handbreadths long and three handbreadths wide. Moses held two handbreadths, G-d held two handbreadths, and in between were two handbreadths of space. Moses' hands prevailed, and he grabbed hold of the Tablets and broke them... as it is written (Deuteronomy 9:17): "And I grabbed hold of the two tablets"
  –Midrash Tanchuma
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