Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
 
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

Do Not Stand Over Your Brother's Blood Part 4

In the previous weeks we have examined the details of the Mitzva of: “Do not stand over your brother’s blood.” We have discussed in the past that the Mitzvot are not simply laws that ensure the efficient running of society. Rather they teach us essential principles about how to live our life. This Mitzva is an excellent example of this idea.

No comparable law is found in the secular world that obligates us to help our fellow. Secular law is predominantly focused on preventing people harming others which primarily aim at maintaining and order.

In contrast the Torah teaches us a vital lesson about our relationship with our fellow man. The Torah views refraining from helping others as little better than actively harming them. This Mitzva teaches us a vital principle - that standing by when someone is suffering is considered a sin. We are obligated to do whatever we can to save our friends in need. This principle even applies to our attitudes towards animals: The Talmud discusses the source for the prohibition to harm animals. It concludes that the source is the Mitzva to help unload a donkey that is suffering under a heavy burden. From here it concludes that refraining from helping an animal is considered causing it pain.

We learn from here that Judaism sees that neglecting to help an animal in pain is akin to harming it. Neutrality is not an acceptable stance with regard to our treatment of animals. This is all the more so the case with regard to our fellow man..

We have seen in the past few weeks how a person must strive to help a person in need. In the coming weeks we will see the lengths to which extend the obligation that we must make an effort to help others through the Mitzva of returning lost objects; this teaches us that we must also strive to return lost items of other people. We should all merit to help our friends in every way possible.


Text Copyright © 2008 by Rabbi Yehonasan Gefen and Torah.org


 






ARTICLES ON VAYEITZEI AND CHANUKAH:

View Complete List

Chanukah: A Postscript
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5756

Living Lessons
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5766

Just Five More Minutes of Sleep!
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5759

> Straightening Out The Cause And The Effect
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5773

In Every Generation
Shlomo Katz - 5766

The House of Yaakov
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5756

ArtScroll

Can You Pass The Test?
Shlomo Katz - 5763

I Did Not Know
Rabbi Label Lam - 5770

Sleep Soundly
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5760

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

A Lesson In Exile & Redemption
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5762

Those Small Jars
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5758

A Legacy of Deceit
Rabbi Shmuel Goldstein - 5762

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Why Eight Days?
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5755

Nice Guys Finish Second -- Second in Command to Pharoah
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5766

A New Role
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5771

There to Share
Rabbi Label Lam - 5763



Project Genesis

Torah.org Home


Torah Portion

Jewish Law

Ethics

Texts

Learn the Basics

Seasons

Features

TORAHAUDIO

Ask The Rabbi

Knowledge Base




Help

About Us

Contact Us



Free Book on Geulah!




Torah.org Home
Torah.org HomeCapalon.com Copyright Information