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Daily Mitzvah

Day 92: Negative Commandment 52, 53, 55, 54, 354, 360, 361

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Negative Commandment 52 (Digest)

"You shall not make marriages with them"Deuteronomy 7:3.

It is forbidden to marry a non-Jew.

Negative Commandment 53 (Digest)
Marriage with an Ammonite or Moabite

"An Ammonite or a Moabite shall not enter the congregation of G‑d"Deuteronomy 23:4.

It is forbidden to marry a male Ammonite or Moabite, even after they convert to Judaism.

Negative Commandment 55 (Digest)
Rejecting an Egyptian

"Do not reject an Egyptian"Deuteronomy 23:8.

It is forbidden to utterly distance an Egyptian convert. A third generation Egyptian convert must be allowed to marry among the Jewish people.

Negative Commandment 54 (Digest)
Rejecting an Edomite

"Do not reject the Edomite, since he is your brother"Deuteronomy 23:8.

It is forbidden to utterly distance an Edomite convert. A third generation Edomite convert must be allowed to marry among the Jewish people.

Negative Commandment 354 (Digest)
Marrying a Bastard

"A mamzer shall not enter into the assembly of G‑d"Deuteronomy 23:3.

A child born of certain illicit relationships is called a mamzer. Such an individual may not marry a non-mamzer.

Negative Commandment 360 (Digest)
A Castrated Man

"A man with injured testicles or whose member is cut may not enter the assembly of G‑d"Deuteronomy 23:2.

A man whose genitals have been damaged to the point that he is incapable of fathering a child may not marry a Jewish woman.

Negative Commandment 361 (Digest)

"...neither shall you do this in your land"Leviticus 22:24.

It is forbidden to cause castration to a male – whether human or animal – by damaging his genitals. It is forbidden even to further damage the genitals of a male who has already been castrated.

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
The more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and the more they grew.
  –Exodus 1:12
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