Monday, January 4, 2010

Mitzvah #65 - Striking a fellow-Jew

It is forbidden to hit another Jew.

This is learned from the prohibition of Bet Din to give more than 39 lashes.

One who strikes another Jew needs to compensate him. If the compensation is less than a Peruta (a few cents) then Bet Din give him 39 lashes instead.

One who lifts his hand to strike a fellow Jew - even if he didn't strike - is called "wicked".

Parents and teachers who hit their children and students for educational purposes when appropriate, do not transgress this Mitzva.

Applies to everybody, everywhere, always.

Verse: "Do not strike him more" (Devorim 25:3)

Source: The Chafetz-Chaim's Sefer haMitzvot haKatzar; Prohibition 43

- Danny
Monday, 18 Tevet 5770

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