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Daily Mitzvah

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
As long as Sarah lived, there was a blessing on her dough, and the lamp used to burn from the eve of the Sabbath until the eve of the following Sabbath; when she died, these ceased; but when Rebecca came, they returned
  –Midrash Rabbah, Bereishit 60
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