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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
In material matters, one who is "satisfied with his lot" (Ethics of the Fathers 4:1) is an individual of the highest quality; a person possessing this trait will attain the highest levels. In spiritual matters, however, to be satisfied with one's lot is the worst deficiency, and leads, G-d forbid, to descent and falling...
  –Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi (quoted in Hayom Yom, Sivan 30)
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