Shabbat, 25th Adar, 5769 – March 20th/21st, 2009

Have a wonderful Shabbat Mevarchim!


On this day – Shabbat, 25th Adar, 5769

Daf yomi: Bava Kama 83; Yerushalmi yomi: Kidushin 47; Mishna yomit: Keilim 9:3; Halacha yomit: Orach Chaim 298:12

DAILY MITZVAH (Maimonides) Shabbat, – 25th Adar, 5769

Today’s Mitzvah – Positive Commandment 236
Personal Injury

Important Message Regarding This Lesson

The Daily Mitzvah schedule runs parallel to the daily study of 3 chapters of Maimonides’ 14-volume code. There are instances when the Mitzvah is repeated a few days consecutively while the exploration of the same Mitzvah continues in the in-depth track.

Exodus 21:18 “And one man hits another…”

After a very close baseball match, two of Yossi’s classmates were heatedly arguing about the last innings that decided the game. Soon, the locker room was filled with shouts and accusations.

As he was changing his shoes, Yossi caught sight of fists lifted to strike. He jumped up and pushed himself between the fighting boys.

“Hey! What do you think you’re doing?” one of the boys shouted.

“Come on!” Yossi pleaded. “Calm down, it’s only a game.”

Yossi’s brave act of Ahavat Yisrael convinced the boys to stop fighting. When they had cooled off, Yossi sat down between them on the locker room bench.

“You know,” he said, “in our Chumash class, we were just learning about what might happen if someone injures another person.

Take this case.

Imagine, Shimi, if you would have punched Yankie and broken his glasses. First, it would hurt. Second, they would cost money to get fixed. Third, Yankie would miss school-work because he would not be able to see the board. Fourth, a doctor’s bill might be involved.

Besides, it would be embarrassing to have to explain a black eye and broken glasses!”

Well, fortunately for the boys and thanks to Yossi, this didn’t happen.

If one person does cause personal injury to another he is liable to pay different kinds of damages. This Positive Mitzvah includes the laws of fines and responsibilities a person must pay if he injures another.

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Daily Torah Quote – 24th Adar, 5769

An arrogant person will not escape the judgment of Gehinnom (Hell) even if he will buy heaven and earth for Hashem, like Avraham Avinu! In the end he will be diminished and taken from the world before his time.

Rabbi Chaim Vital, Shaarei Kedusha