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Negative Mitzvot 241, 242
Negative Mitzvah 241: It is forbidden to take a security from a widow
Deuteronomy 24:17 "Nor shall you take a widow's garment as security"
We must be very careful when dealing with a widow.
She is alone and we must consider the difficulties that she faces.
The Torah forbids us to demand any security from her for a loan she has taken. Rather, we should be kind and trust that HaShem will help her repay.
This Negative Mitzvah applies regardless of whether a widow is poor or wealthy.
Negative Mitzvah 242: It is forbidden to take utensils used for the preparation of food as security
Deuteronomy 24:6 "No man shall take the upper or lower millstone for a pledge, for he take a man's life as a pledge"
Even though the Torah allows us to take items from the borrower as security for a loan, this does not include all items.
It is not permitted to demand utensils or dishes that are used for preparing food as security. A borrower must not go hungry just because he owes someone money!
You can live in a palace filled with treasures and still be poor. To be wealthy you must own the things you have. So too with poverty of the mind: You may have all the knowledge and brilliant ideas in the world, but you are still poor until they have become part of you.
From: Bringing Heaven Down to Earth by Tzvi Freeman - email@example.com
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