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Negative Commandment 239

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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
“On the fifteenth day of the seventh month is a seven-day festival of Sukkot to G‑d . . . The eighth day shall be a holy occasion for you . . . a [day of] detention (‘atzeret’).”
[This is comparable to] a king who invited his children for a banquet of several days. When it came time for them to go, he said to them: “My children, please, stay with me one more day—your parting is difficult for me . . .”
  –Leviticus 23:34–36; Rashi’s commentary, ibid.
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