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Daily Mitzvah

Day 272: Negative Commandment 252

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Important Message Regarding This Lesson

The Daily Mitzvah schedule runs parallel to the daily study of 3 chapters of Maimonides' 14-volume code. There are instances when the Mitzvah is repeated a few days consecutively while the exploration of the same Mitzvah continues in the in-depth track.

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
Moses was afflicted with a speech impairment so that no one should think that his success in transmitting the Torah to the world was due to his oratory skills.
  –Derashot HaRan
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