One of the most famous Jewish dictums is (Leviticus 19:18), “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” But this verse seems quite difficult! Is it really possible? What does that mean? Do I really have to do everything that I would do for myself for all my Jewish brethren as well? Buy them their groceries? Lease them a car? Take out a mortgage for them? It seems impossible!
Join me as we analyze a fascinating debate between the Rambam (Maimonides) and the Ramban (Nachmanides) regarding the obligation of this famous verse. We’ll also discuss another fascinating verse from Leviticus (25:36) which seems to prioritize your life to the life of your brother and try to figure out how to resolve these apparently contradictory verses.
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