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 22:8
22:8 Third Reading
When you build a new house, you must place a guard-rail around your roof. Do not allow a dangerous situation to remain in your house, since someone can fall from [an unenclosed roof].
Ki tivneh bayit chadash ve'asita ma'akeh legagecha velo-tasim damim beveytecha ki-yipol hanofel mimenu.



Commentary:

new house
  The same is true if one buys a house (Sifri), or rents one (Yad, Sekhiruth 6:3). However, some maintain that the latter cases are obligations only by rabbinical legislation (Hagahoth Maimonioth, on Yad, Rotze'ach 11:1; Tzafenath Paaneach).

guard-rail
  At least 10 handbreadths (30') high (Bava Bathra 61a; Yad, Rotze'ach 11:1,3).





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