Thursday, December 3, 2009

Mitzvah #43 - Injuring oneself / cliques

One may not scratch or otherwise injure oneself "in honor" of an idol, nor as a sign of grief over the death of a beloved one.

This is forbidden whether done by hand or with an instrument.

Included in this Mitzva is the prohibition of dividing oneself into groups with different Minhagim, in the same location.

Applies to everybody, always ,everywhere.

Pasuk: "Lo Thisgodedu" (Devorim 14:1) which can mean "Do not scratch" and "do not create groups"

Source: The Chafetz-Chaim's Sefer haMitzvot haKatzar; Negative Mitzvah 28

Shabbat Shalom,

- Danny
Thursday, 16 Kislev 5770

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