Thursday, April 23, 2009

Starting a fight


"Achitofel gave his children three instructions. First: Do not get into disputes."

(Talmud, Bava Batra 147a)

Maharsha, an 18th century commentator, noted: Achitofel said, 'Do not get into disputes,' but he did not say, 'Do not dispute.' Sometimes a person should dispute with others, if they trespass against him. Achitofel only told his children, 'Don't be the one to cause the dispute.'

Have a great day,

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