Summer Sabbath Themes at theAllied Jewish ChapelJune 29
August 31 2013
Thou shalt not murder.
Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed; for in the image of God made He man.
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If a thief be found breaking in, and be smitten so that he dieth, there shall be no bloodguiltiness for him.
If the sun berisen upon him, there shall be bloodguiltiness for him--he shall make restitution; if he have nothing, then he shall be soldfor his theft.
Thou shalt not go up and down as a talebearer among thy people; neither shalt thou stand idly by the blood of thyneighbour: I am the LORD.
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And the word of the LORD came to Elijah the Tishbite, saying:
'Arise, go down to meet Ahab king of Israel, whodwelleth in Samaria; behold, he is in the vineyard of Naboth, whither he is gone down to take possession of it.
Andthou shalt speak unto him, saying: Thus saith the LORD: Hast thou killed, and also taken possessions? and thou shaltspeak unto him, saying: Thus saith the LORD: In the place where dogs licked the blood of Naboth shall dogs lick thy blood, even thine.'
In capital cases, the blood of the accused and of all his descendants is dependent upon the witness until the end of time, aswe find with Cain, of whom it is said
the voice of the bloods (
) of your brother cry out
(Gen. 4:10). It does not say
his blood and the blood of his descendants
Therefore, humans were created singly, to teach youthat whoever destroys a single soul, Scripture accounts it as if he or she had destroyed a full world; and whoever saves onesoul, Scripture accounts it as if he or she had saved a full world. And for the sake of peace among people, that one shouldnot say to his or her fellow, "My parent is greater than yours;" and that heretics should not say, "There are many powers inHeaven." Again, to declare the greatness of the Holy Blessed One, for as a human being might stamp out many coins withone die, and they are all alike, but the King, the King of kings, the Holy Blessed One, stamped each person with the sealof Adam, and not one of them is like his or her fellow. Therefore each and every one is obliged to say, "For my sake theworld was created."
Mishnah Sanhedrin 8:6-7