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Positive Mitzvah 242

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Positive Mitzvah 242: The Unpaid Watchman
Exodus 22:6 "If a man gives his neighbor money or vessels to watch"

This Positive Mitzvah deals with the laws that apply when one person watches another person's object, but does not receive any payment for this favor. If that object is lost or stolen, the Torah provides specific instructions about the watchman's responsibilities.


Sometimes the Torah will tell you one thing, later contradict itself, and then later reveal a third concept that settles the contradiction. With Torah, you don't get all the answers at once. First you must absorb and live with one simple truth. Then later you must find another truth -- one that may seem to conflict with and negate all you previously learned. Then, from that confusion, emerges a higher truth -- the inner light behind all you had learned before.

From: Bringing Heaven Down to Earth by Tzvi Freeman - tzvif@aol.com


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