A courtroom judge cannot draw a gun from his robes and shoot the accused. Even when he sees where justice lies, he cannot do so. There is a process of law, and if he breaks it, he is a murderer. Certainly then, this is true for us. We cannot murder other people — no matter how much we feel they deserve it.
Is it different then, if we kill them fully, or partially? Whether we murder someone with fifty years to live or fifty seconds to live, we are still killers.
Similarly, to embarrass others, insult them, hurt their feelings, is a form of murder. We may not kill their moment of glory. We may not slaughter their self-esteem. We may not shoot down their hopes for a happy future. We may not put them through a mini-death.
No matter how much others deserve to be punished, we are neither judge nor jury. We may not kill others, even in the smallest way. We must leave this to Higher Powers.
 Baba Kama 65a
By Rabbi Avraham Tzvi Schwartz
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