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May I kill a Pursuer?

Updated: Dec 10, 2022

Divine Code for December 9, 2022

Today: Page 338

Topic 3:8 -- 3:11

A pursuer may be killed if he intends to kill someone, and there is no other way to stop him. It does not matter if the pursuer is minor, deaf-mute or mentally challenged.

A pursuer may not be killed if he "only" intends to injure someone else, he may be injured in order to defend yourself or someone else in that way.

Someone who expresses the intention to kill or injure someone else but does not (yet) actually carry it out should be warned of the consequences of his actions.

If someone pursues you to enslave you you may defend yourself, opinions differ on whether you may kill this pursuer or not. You may kill him if there is a possibility that the enslavement will lead to death.

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Angelique Sijbolts is one of the main writers for the Noahide Academy. She has been an observant Noahide for many years. She studies Torah with Rabbi Perets every week. Angelique invests much of her time in editing video-lectures for the Rabbis of the Academy and contributes in administrating the Academy's website in English and Dutch. She lives in the north of the Netherlands. Married and mother of two sons. She works as a teacher in a school with students with special needs. And is a Hebrew Teacher for the levels beginners and intermediate. She likes to walk, to read and play the piano.



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