Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Reward and Rachav


"One should not cheat anyone of their reward; reward must be paid for every good deed. Thus Joshua instructed that Rachav and her household be kept alive, and he explained that this was because she had hid the spies sent by Joshua. He did not say it was because of the oath the spies had sworn [to save her and her household]."

(Ralbag to Yehoshua 8:29, Lesson 10)

Have a great day,


  1. Is it incumbent upon a person to provide reward to another person for her/his good deeds? Doesn't that come from God?

  2. Anonymous-
    I believe we are still expected to do so. Not in the framework of a particular mitzvah of the 613, though, so far as I can tell.