Get the best of Chabad.org content every week!
Find answers to fascinating Jewish questions, enjoy holiday tips and guides, read real-life stories and more!
ב"ה

Daily Mitzvah

Day 297: Negative Commandment 239

Show content in:

Negative Commandment 239 (Digest)
Forcefully Taking Collateral

"You shall not go into his house to take his pledge"Deuteronomy 24:10.

It is forbidden for a creditor to enter the borrower's home and forcibly take collateral for a debt that is due. Only the courts, via a court-appointed agent, have the right to do this.

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
Turnusrufus asked Rabbi Akiva: "If your G-d loves the poor, why doesn't He feed them?" Said Rabbi Akiva to him: "I'll give you an analogy: A king got angry on his child and locked him away in a dungeon, and commanded that he not be given to eat or to drink; and a person fed the king's child. When the king hears of this, does he not reward that person...?"
  –Talmud, Bava Batra 10a
This page in other languages