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Rambam In-Depth I Injure and Atone the Torah Way

December 31, 2023 Rabbi Heschel Greenberg
The Rabbi Greenberg Show
Rambam In-Depth I Injure and Atone the Torah Way
Show Notes

If you hurt someone, you'd think you simply have to pay for their losses - medical bills, lost wages, etc. But the Torah says there's more to it. According to Jewish law, causing harm is a sin that demands atonement between you, the victim, and God. Paying damages ransoms your body from further punishment.

In this video, we analyze the ethical reasoning behind these laws. While most assume they're about compensation, the 12th century Rabbi Maimonides (the Rambam) unlocks the mystical side. Since our bodies belong to God, payments act as repentance for the injury you deserve in return. Through debate of Biblical verses and Talmudic stories, the Rambam reveals Judaism's underlying spiritual basis for civil damages.

Join us as we explore this ancient teaching on taking responsibility beyond just legal and financial realms. The truths of atonement, forgiveness, and our relationship with the Divine can transform how we approach conflict, justice and relationships.

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