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    • Tosefta
    • 20.11.07 | 15:04 (IST)

    It is unfortunate that, due to the conflict with Hamas, our hearts have become too stony. There is an obligation to help a sick person like al-Kurdi, and it is explicit in the Torah: "Lo taamod al dam re`acha" ("You shall not stand idly by against the life of your neighbor: I am the LORD." - Leviticus 19:16). Leviticus uses the word "your neighbor" and not "your brother", so the Halakha views this obligation as applicable to Jews and non-Jews alike. Perhaps Shin Bet people should start taking refresher courses.

    from the article: Dying of occupation - a case of cancer and the Israeli right
    First published 00:00 19.11.07 | Last updated 00:00 19.11.07
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