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Day 74: Negative Commandment 262

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Negative Commandment 262 (Digest)
A Husband's Obligations towards His Wife

"He shall not diminish her food, her clothing, or conjugal rights"Exodus 21:10.

The Torah tells us that if a man marries a Jewish slave-girl, he may not torment her by denying her appropriate food, clothing, or conjugal rights. Rather, he must accord her the rights due to all "the daughters [of Israel]." Thus it is clear that this precept applies to all wives.

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
O how she sits alone, the city once so populous, has become like a widow... She that was great among the nations, a princess among the provinces, has become tributary...
  –Opening verse of the the Book of Lamentations (Jeremiah's lament on the destruction of Jerusalem and the Holy Temple, read on the eve of Tisha B'Av)
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