Think before you act. Under Halacha and civil law, our actions have ramifications.

To appreciate the underpinnings of the Torah law of an “eye for an eye” and the ramifications under Jewish law of causing harm to another, read this enlightening analysis entitled “’An Eye for an Eye’ in Jewish Law” from Rabbi Ephraim Z. Buchwald’s Torah message on this week’s Torah portion, Mishpatim. Out of respect for the Sabbath, please consider printing it on Friday afternoon if you plan to read it on Shabbat.