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The Sharia of Moses in the TORA
Part 1 - The 248 Positive Commandments of the Tora

247 - SAVING THE LIFE OF THE PURSUED


Deuteronomy 25:12 -- “Then you shall cut off her hand; your eye shall not pity her.”

Speaking of the duty to kill a pursuer, Maimonides says: “Only in two cases is this permitted; viz., when a person runs after another in order to murder him, or in order to commit fornication; because in these two cases the crime, once committed, cannot be remedied. In the case of other sins, punished with death by court of law, such as idolatry and profanation of the Sabbath, by which the sinner does no harm to another person, and which concern only his own principles, no person may be killed for the mere intention, if he has not carried it out.”*

* Moreh Nebuchim III, 40

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