Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
 
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

Mitzvos Relating to Our Fellow Man

Mitzvah 36 and 37: Helping Unload and Reload

"If you see the donkey of your enemy crouching under its burden... you shall help him with it." (Shemos 23:5)

"If you see your friend's ox or his donkey falling... you shall stand them up with him." (Devarim 22:4)

If someone is buckling under a load, it is a mitzvah to help him unload it. Help him rearrange his load and get back on his way.

The Sefer HaChinuch says that we learn from this mitzvah to have compassion on others and try to help those who are suffering. When we have mercy on others, Hashem will have mercy on us.

The Aruch HaShulchan (siman 272) says the mitzvah applies also to a vehicle such as a wagon. In our days, we can extend this to a car or any other motorized vehicle.

The Mishna teaches, "Carry loads with others" (Avos 6:6). Mesilas Yesharim explains that although this mishnah refers to emotional loads and situations of stress, the simple meaning also includes the mitzvah of helping others carry luggage or heavy bags of any kind.


Text Copyright © 2007 by Rabbi Moshe Goldberger and Torah.org.


 






ARTICLES ON VAYEITZEI AND CHANUKAH:

View Complete List

To Fergin Or Forget
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5771

The 'Luz' Bone
Shlomo Katz - 5773

Shared Responsibility
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5774

> Brothers in Scorn
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5762

The Mysterious Ways of Women
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5764

The Blessing Emerges From Lowliness
- 5769

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

A New Role
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5772

A Legacy of Deceit
Rabbi Shmuel Goldstein - 5762

Tower of Strength
Shlomo Katz - 5769

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Just Doing My Job!
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5759

What’s a Meta-phor?
Rabbi Label Lam - 5760

I Did Not Know
Rabbi Label Lam - 5770

ArtScroll

Two Paradigms of Thankful Individuals
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5759

Sleep Soundly
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5760

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

Waning or Waxing
Rabbi Label Lam - 5774



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