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

Daily Mitzvah

Day 333: Negative Commandment 167

Show content in:

Negative Commandment 167 (Digest)
A High Priest under the Same Roof as a Corpse

"Neither shall he come close to any dead body"Leviticus 21:11.

A high priest is prohibited from being under the same roof as a human corpse—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
Why were the Jews commanded to each contribute half a shekel to the Sanctuary? To teach us that no individual is a complete entity unto himself. Only by joining with another can a person become a whole thing.
  –The Chassidic masters
This page in other languages