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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
For two-and-a--half years, the House of Shammai and the House of Hillel debated. These said: It is better for man not to have been created than to have been created; and those said: It is better for man to have been created than to not have been created. In the end, they voted on it and concluded: It is better for man not to have been created than to have been created; but now that he was created, he should search his deeds.
  –Talmud, Eruvin 13b
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