[Avodah] LeOlam baHem Taavodu

Micha Berger micha at aishdas.org
Sun May 12 14:04:07 PDT 2024

AhSY is spending weeks on YD 267, the ever-practcal Hikhos Avadim.

Se'ifim 134-135 discusses le'olam bahem ta'avodu. (135 adds the Rambam to
the point made in 134.)

Toras Kohanim emphasizes what is exluded: you can give an Eved Kenaani
whatever work you wish, but that only applies to actual work. You can't
simply abuse an eved -- neither by hitting or verbal abuse. Of course
there are no fines, but only because the ba'al would get posession of
anything paid the eved anyway.

The Rambam (9:5) then adds that even when it comes to work, it is middas
chassidus and darkhei chokhmah to be a rakchamn and rodeif tzedeq.

"Ve'ein ha-akhzaryius veha-azus metzhuyah elah be'ovedei kokkhavim..."

So, you may not abuse a slave and while giving them endless or pointless
work is permissible by Hilkhos Avdim, the Rambam reminds you that it
would violate Hikhos Dei'os.

Tir'u baTov!

Micha Berger                 Today is the 19th day, which is
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Author: Widen Your Tent      Hod sheb'Tifferes: When does harmony promote
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