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Positive Commandment 142

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Positive Commandment 142 (Digest)
Collecting Loans from Gentiles

"From the foreigner you shall pursue a debt"Deuteronomy 15:3.

We are commanded to press a gentile to repay a debt that he owes us, and not to have mercy on him [and give him an extension]—as we are commanded regarding a Jew.

[This commandment only applies to a gentile who has not accepted upon himself the observance of the Seven Noahide Laws.]


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
If a poor man happened to come to the wicked city of Sodom, every resident gave him a coin, upon which he inscribed his name; but no bread was given him. When he died, each came and took back his coin.
  –Talmud, Sanhedrin 109a
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