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Revenge

Can We Pass Moral Judgment on Torah?

I don’t defend the Torah’s ostensibly immoral laws, but I do try to understand what motivated them.

Dr. Rabbi

Eliezer Finkelman

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Blood Vengeance in Ancient Near Eastern Context

The Torah allows kin to take vengeance on a murderer; in cases of manslaughter, the killer is offered sanctuary at a refuge city. These laws highlight the struggle to limit clan justice in ancient Israel, a challenge found centuries earlier among the northern Amorites, as detailed in several letters to King Zimri-Lim of Mari.

Dr.

Yigal Bloch

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Retribution: Divine and Human

“When Your Enemy Falls Do Not Exult” (Prov 24:17)

Rabbi

Yuval Cherlow

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