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The Sharia of Moses in the TORA
Part 2 - The 365 Prohibitions of the Tora

24 - DERIVING BENEFIT FROM THE PROPERTY OF AN APOSTATE CITY


Deuteronomy 13:16-17 -- 16 “And you shall gather all its plunder into the middle of the street, and completely burn with fire the city and all its plunder, for the LORD your God; and it shall be a heap forever. It shall not be built again. 17 So none of the accursed things shall remain in your hand, that the LORD may turn from the fierceness of His anger and show you mercy, have compassion on you and multiply you, just as He swore to your fathers”

This prohibition applies also to property belonging to the righteous men in the city, that is, those inhabitants who were not led astray with the majority. Their belongings must be burnt with the rest of the goods in the city.*

* Mishneh Torah, Mada, Hilchoth Abodath Kochabim IV, 7

Speaking of the object of this commandment, the sages comment: “So none of the accursed things shall remain in your hand, that the LORD may turn from the fierceness of His anger and show you mercy, have compassion on you and multiply you: so long as the wicked exist in the world, the fierceness of His anger is in the world; when the wicked perish from the world, the fierceness of His anger will disappear from the world.”*

* Sanh. IIIb

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