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The Sharia of Moses in the TORA
Part 2 - The 365 Prohibitions of the Tora


Deuteronomy 23:3 --An Ammonite or Moabite shall not enter the congregation of the LORD; even to the tenth generation none of his descendants shall enter the congregation of the LORD forever”

Since “Sennacherib, king of Assyria, came up and put all the nations in confusion”,* commandments 53- 56 inclusive do not apply, since we do not know the identity of these ancient nations; consequently, a male or female proselyte of any nation is permitted immediately to enter into “the Assembly of the Lord”.**

* Yad. IV, 4
** Mishneh Torah, Kedushah, Hilchoth Isurei Bi’ah XII, 25; Shulchan Aruch, Even Ha-Ezer IV, 10

The reason for this commandment is stated in Scripture thus: because they did not meet you with bread and water on the road when you came out of Egypt, and because they hired against you Balaam …, to curse you. (Deuteronomy 23:4) In the light of this statement the sages observe: “A little refreshment is of great importance, for its refusal estranged two tribes from Israel.”*

* Sanh. 103b


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