"Do not stand idly by while your brother's blood is at stake."

“Whenever a person can save another person’s life, but he fails to do so, he transgresses a negative commandment, as Leviticus 19:16 states: “Do not stand idly by while your brother’s blood is at stake.”

Similarly, this commandment applies when a person sees a colleague drowning at sea or being attacked by robbers or a wild animal, and he can save him himself or can hire others to save him. Similarly, it applies when he hears gentiles or mosrim conspiring to harm a colleague or planning a snare for him, and he does not inform him and notify him of the danger.

And it applies when a person knows of a gentile or a man of force who has a complaint against a colleague, and he can appease the aggressor on behalf of his colleague, but he fails to do so. And similarly, in all analogous instances, a person who fails to act transgresses the commandment: “Do not stand idly by while your brother’s blood is at stake.”

Rambam: The Laws of Murderers and the Protection of Life (Law 14)

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One Response to “"Do not stand idly by while your brother's blood is at stake."”

  1. WhoIsShmira? Says:

    ALL THOSE WHO HAD THE POWER TO STOP THE BLOOD LIBEL THAT WOULD HAVE LANDED 6 INNOCENT JEWS IN JAIL AND DIDN’T, THEY ARE JUST AS GUILTY AS THOSE WHO ACTUALLY TESTIFIED.

    THERE ARE A FEW PEOPLE IN CROWN HEIGHTS WHO WITH ONE PHONE CALL COULD HAVE ENDED THE MESIRA. THOSE PEOPLE (WHO HAD THE POWER TO STOP THE MESIRA) WERE APPROACHED BY MEMBERS OF SHOMRIM AND MANY OTHER CARING PEOPLE AND ASKED TO INTERVENE, BUT THEY DID NOT MAKE THAT ONE PHONE CALL, THEY ALL SAID THEY CAN’T HELP.

    WIS BELIEVES THAT THEY COULD HAVE HELPED AND THEY SHOULD HAVE, THEY REALLY SHOULD HAVE.

    IT TURNS OUT THAT SOME OF THOSE PEOPLE WERE ACTUALLY INVOLVED IN THE MESIRA AND THEREFOR HAD AN INTEREST THAT IN PROCEED. THE OTHERS HAD ANOTHER INTEREST AND THAT IS TO PROTECT THE POT OF MONEY. ALL THESE PEOPLE WHO COULD HAVE HELPED AND DIDN’T HAVE THEIR AGENDA, THEY ARE INDEED ALSO PART OF THE POT OF GOLD.

    WIS WILL EXPOSE AND TAKE THEM ALL DOWN! ALL OF YOU AND YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE, THAT HAD THE POWER TO STOP THIS AND DIDN’T, ARE GUILTY OF MESIRA!

    [In fact those who testified are the smallest players in this mesira. They were to be a distraction. Guess what, G-d will take care of them, WIS with the help of G-d will take care of you].

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