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May I Kill Someone to Save Myself?

Updated: Dec 10, 2022

Divine Code for December 7, 2022

Today: Page 334

Topic 3:1 -- 3:2

If someone is chasing an other person with the intent to kill the person, it is an obligation to save the one who is being chased and one may kill the pursuer if that is the only possible way.

Saving the persued victim is a branch of the Noahide prohibitions against murder. For this should be a civilized world. One is also permitted to save his own life from a persuer, if be killing him this is the only way to save his own life.

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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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