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Negative Commandment 167

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Negative Commandment 167 (Digest)
A High Priest under the Same Roof as a Corpse

"Neither shall he come close to any dead body"Leviticus 21:11.

A high priest is prohibited from being under the same roof as a human corpse—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
A king's heart is like rivulets of water in G-d's hand; wherever He wishes, He turns it
  –Proverbs 21:1
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