International Support and Relief

Source: Builders of Jewish Education

Whenever a person can save another person’s life but fails to do so, he transgresses a negative commandment, as (Lev.19:16) states: ‘Do not stand idly by the blood of your neighbor.’ Similarly, [this commandment applies] when a person sees a colleague drowning at sea or being attacked by robbers or a wild animal, and he can save him himself or can hire others to save him. Similarly, [it applies] when he hears [others] conspiring to harm a colleague or planning a snare for him, and he does not inform him and notify him [of the danger].” – Rambam, Laws of the Murderer and Protecting Life 1:14

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