I stumbled across this statement regarding the prohibition of freeing a non-Jewish slave in an online article quoting Gemara Brachos. I am just looking for some clarity and background as to the nature of this prohibition.

“The Talmud (Berachot 47b) states that Rabbi Eliezer once freed a non-Jewish slave, thus granting him the status of a full-fledged Jew, so that he could be the tenth man in a minyan. He did this, despite the prohibition of freeing a non-Jewish slave, because of the importance of the mitzvah of minyan.”

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It is a ‘prohibition’ derived from the positive command implied by Vayikra 25:46:

לעולם בהם תעבדו

For all time shall you treat them as slaves

See Sefer HaChinuch 347 for details.

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