Thursday, January 2, 2014

Responding to verbal abuse


"This law [prohibiting verbal abuse] does not mean that if one Jew were to initiate and wickedly pain another verbally, that the recipient could not respond; it is impossible to be like a stone which cannot be overturned. Further, one's silence would be taken as admission to the insults! 

"In truth, the Torah will not command someone to be a silent stone before those who insult him, as he is before those who bless him. The Torah only instructs us to distance ourselves from this trait, and not to start quarrels and insult other people. Through this a person will be saved from such matters, for one who is not aggressive will not be insulted by others, other than total fools – and one should ignore fools."

(Sefer haChinuch 338)

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