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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Do not favor the poor or show deference to the rich, do not stand by the blood of your fellow.

These are two interesting passages in Leviticus 19:15-16. On the first one this idea of taking the side of the poor one is not something correct because they are poor or whatever is just because they are poor does not mean they are right in a dispute. Sadly people play this game that they are poor or oppressed and that in itself means they can never harm someone else.

The other passage is interesting do not stand on the blood of your fellow. Would this actually means clearly if you could save your fellows life you should. I think it also means which the JPS translates this to mean do not profit from the blood of your fellow. Which sadly some people do profit from the harm of someone else which I guess is what this is saying. It is interesting it is next to the passage of not being a talebearer which may be because this can lead to someone profited with false stories going around. JPS defines it as dealing base with your neighbor but the hebrew word Rachil I think does meal talebearer.

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