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Day 303: Positive Commandment 198

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Positive Commandment 198 (Digest)
Taking Interest from a Gentile

"Take interest from the gentile"Deuteronomy 23:21.

When issuing a loan to a non-Jew, we are commanded to charge interest. [This commandment only applies to a non-Jew who has not accepted upon himself the Seven Noahide Laws.] The Sages enacted various restrictions to this mitzvah [such as forbidding the charging of outright interest].

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.
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A person's animal self is concerned only with its own needs, while his G‑dly soul seeks the good of its fellow. So when two Jews get together, the result for both is two G‑dly souls against a single animal soul.
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