Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
 
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

Do Not Stand Over Your Brother's Blood Part 3

The Mitzva (commandment) to not stand over your brotherís blood obligates us to do our utmost to help our fellow man in his time of need. Thus far we have seen how this includes helping him if he is in physical danger or faces financial loss.

In truth, the Mitzva encompasses all kinds of situations in which a person may be in need in some kind of help. It is instructive to specify a number of common life situations in which this Mitzva applies.

- If a person is experiencing emotional difficulties then it is incumbent on us to try to help him, either by giving his advice or suggesting a suitable course of action to help his situation.

- If one is struggling with earning a livelihood then those around him should strive to help him find ways of earning more money.

- If a couple are experiencing marital difficulties then we should do what we can to help them improve their relationship. For example, suggesting a possible counselor who can help them resolve their difficulties.

- If a person is struggling in a spiritual sense, then we should try to encourage him in his good deeds and observance of Mitzvos. However, one should be careful not to do this in an aggressive way, rather with love and care.

- If a person is not succeeding in school or college then we should look for ways to help him.

- If a person is associating with the wrong kind of people then we should find ways to help protect him from being badly influenced.

With a little thought we can all think of people that we know who are experiencing one or more of the difficulties enumerated above. It is not sufficient to merely feel bad for them rather it is our responsibility to strive to do whatever we can to lighten their burden.


Text Copyright © 2008 by Rabbi Yehonasan Gefen and Torah.org


 
Sell Chometz Online


ARTICLES ON TZAV AND PESACH:

View Complete List

I Know One!
Rabbi Label Lam - 5773

Next Year In Jerusalem - If...
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5762

Love of Money, or Money of Love?
Rabbi Gavriel Prero - 5761

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

One Time, or Always?
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5760

A Segulah From Eliyahu To Protect From Evil Thoughts
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5770

The Missing Question
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5760

ArtScroll

Gaining Clarity
Rabbi Yosef Kalatsky - 5763

High Dividend Investments
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5758

The Realm of the Extraordinary
Rabbi Label Lam - 5763

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Pesach Answers - Chad Gadya
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5766

Virtual Sacrifices
Shlomo Katz - 5773

A Holy Nation?
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5755

> How Do We Approach This Child?
Rabbi Label Lam - 5764

Providing for the Needy
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5756

Ordered Freedom
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5775

Parshas Acharei Mos and Pesach
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5774



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