"Do not throw a stone into a well from which you drank." (Babylonian Talmud, Bava Kama 92b)
The Talmud relates this saying to the verse (Deuteronomy 23:8) that Jews should not detest an Egyptian, for Jews were sojourners in their land.
Even though Egypt eventually subjected Jews to brutal slavery, deadly torture and mass murder -- they did originally welcome Jacob and his family to their land where Jews did live for a time undisturbed.
There are experiences and relationships that Jews and, in general all of us, have in life that were ultimately not healthy for us. But we must always be grateful for any benefit that we did receive.
By Rabbi Michael Skobac
Rabbi Michael Skobac had been involved with Jews for Judaism (Canada) since 1989 and currently serves as its Director of Education and Counselling. He is a leading authority on missionaries, cults and issues relating to Jewish continuity and Jewish spirituality. Rabbi Skobac's publications include Missionary Impossible; Counter-Missionary Survival Guide; The DaVinci Code: A Jewish Perspetive; and Intermarriage: Is There Ligth at teh End of the Tunnel?
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