Monday, April 28, 2014

The duty to rescue


"Do not travel as a peddler [of tales] in your nation; do not stand by the blood of your neighbour [as it is shed]; I am Gd."

לא תלך רכיל בעמך לא תעמוד על דם רעך אני ד'

(Vayikra 19:16)

Have a great day,


  1. Both important. Any insight or commentary as to why they are linked in the same verse? I could guess that gossip causes injury, and we have a duty to rescue others from injury, if not even prevent it in the first place. But I'm no scholar, so I wonder if there's some deeper meaning or source you could recommend which explains this linkage. (I rarely comment, but always read your posts, and always learn something. Thank you for your blog.)

  2. Anonymous-
    Thank you. Indeed, commentators do discuss this; for example, Rabbi Chaim ibn Attar sees the second half as limiting the first, saying that one should inform a person when others are plotting against him, and not decline out of concern that this would be an act of gossip.