Learn from Congregation B’nai Chaim

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Roger Cohen
Roger Cohen
The God of heaven and earth is a God of love, is full of kindness and loves mercy. Some people ask how a God of love, mercy, and compassion would allow for violence and harm to befall those who worship and follow God. An often-cited text is Exodus 21:23-25, known as Les Talionis, said, “You are to take life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burn for burn, wound for wound, bruise for bruise.” The text of Exodus 21 parallels the Code of Hammurabi rule 230 from 1780 BCE, the Laws of Eshnunna from 2000 BCE and also it appears in the New Testament of the Bible in Matthew 5:38. This ancient biblical mandate of “eye for an eye” rests in the middle of a biblical writing defining monetary compensation for lost property and a creation of a “City of
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