Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
 
Print Version

Email this article to a friend


67. Injurer and Damager - Chovel u-Mazik

One who injures another must pay for any physical damage, as it says "[And if a man causes a physical defect in his friend it shall be done to him as he did...] an eye in place of an eye...".1 He must also compensate him for his pain, as it says ["And the man who lies with her shall pay...] because he oppressed her".2 He must pay for lost income and medical expenses, as it says "[And if men quarrel and a man hits his friend with a stone or fist and he does not die but becomes bedridden...] he shall pay for his idleness and shall heal".3 If the injury was intentional he must also pay for any embarrassment that was caused, as it says "[If men fight together... and the wife of one comes near to save her husband...] and stretches out her hand and grasps his shameful parts you shall cut off her hand...".4 It is forbidden to strike or injure anyone, as it says "He shall not continue... to strike him".5,a

One who damages another's property must compensate him, as it says "And one who strikes an animal must pay for it"6; he is responsible even for unintentional damage if he is in a place where he has no right to be.b

Sources:

1. Lev. 24:19-20; see Ex. 21:24-25 and Deut. 19:21 a. 1:1-3,7-10; 5:1
2. Deut. 22:29 b. 6:1-3
3. Ex. 21:18-19
4. Deut. 25:11-12
5. Deut. 25:3
6. Lev. 24:18-21



 


ARTICLES ON MIKETZ AND CHANUKAH:

View Complete List

“So you Think You’re The Man, Alexander?” (Insights for Chanukah)
Jon Erlbaum - 0

What A Pity!
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5760

Dreams etc.
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5760

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

A Superficial Light
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5772

Chanukah and the Torah Scholar
Shlomo Katz - 5762

Two Year Prison Extension
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5757

ArtScroll

The New Jew
Shlomo Katz - 5759

A Little Background Information
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5755

Lighting Up the Streets
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5760

> Stuck on Gum
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5757

The Lost Jewel
Shlomo Katz - 5765

The Inside Story Revealed
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5758

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Miracles of Modesty
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5762

Chanukah: Lights, Camera, Action!
Rabbi Osher Chaim Levene - 5768

Light Up Right
Rabbi Label Lam - 5770

The Real Story
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5763



Project Genesis

Torah.org Home


Torah Portion

Jewish Law

Ethics

Texts

Learn the Basics

Seasons

Features

TORAHAUDIO

Ask The Rabbi

Knowledge Base




Help

About Us

Contact Us



Free Book on Geulah!




Torah.org Home
Torah.org HomeCapalon.com Copyright Information