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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
Not only the tribe of Levi, but any man of all the inhabitants of the earth, whose spirit has moved him and whose mind has given him to understand to set himself aside to stand before G-d to serve Him, to worship Him, to know G-d and walk justly as G-d has created him, and he cast from his neck the yoke of the many calculations that men seek -- this man has become sanctified, a holy of holies, and G-d shall be his portion and his lot forever, and shall grant him his needs in this world, as He has granted the Kohanim and the Levites.
  –Maimonides' Mishneh Torah, Laws of the Shemittah and Jubilee Cycles, 13:13
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