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Day 332: Negative Commandment 168

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Negative Commandment 168 (Digest)
The High Priest Coming in Contact with a Corpse

"Nor may he defile himself for his father or mother"Leviticus 21:11.

A high priest may not become ritually impure through contact with a corpse – whether through touching or carrying it – even if the deceased is his next of kin.

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
Whoever has faith in individual Divine Providence knows that "Man's steps are established by G-d" (Psalms 37:23)--that this particular soul must purify and improve something specific in a particular place. For centuries, or even since the world's creation, that which needs purification or improvement waits for this soul to come and purify or improve it. The soul too, has been waiting - ever since it came into being - for its time to descend, so that it can discharge the tasks of purification and improvement assigned to it...
  –Hayom Yom, Elul 3
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