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


Leviticus 19:17-18 -- 17You shall not hate your brother in your heart. You shall surely rebuke your neighbor, and not bear sin because of him. 18 You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the children of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the LORD.”

In order to prevent the nursing of enmity, Maimonides says that when a man sins against another, “the injured party should not hate the offender and keep silent, but must inform him, and say to him, ‘Why did you do this to me? Why did you sin against me in this matter?’ If the offender repents and pleads for forgiveness, he should be forgiven. And the forgiver should not be obdurate… If the injured party does not wish to rebuke or to speak to the offender because the latter is a very common person or mentally defective, and if he has sincerely forgiven him, and neither bears him ill will nor rebukes him, he acts according to the standard of saints. All that the Torah objects to is harboring ill will.”*

* Mada, Hilchoth Deoth VI, 6, 9


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