What’s The Meaning Of The Rule, “An Eye For An Eye”?

g202A question I received: Did Moses really teach the rule, “an eye for an eye”? This seems really contrary to the rule, “love thy neighbor as thyself.” If he did, then what does it mean?

My Answer: This rule refers to causing a permanent injury to a slave, which would require freeing him. This was done in order to prevent people from causing injury to one another. It had nothing to do with Moses’s wishes, but rather it is Nature’s law of balancing Its parts, where punishment equals correction.

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  1. I was told from another source that The Zohar teaches us that this quote is an explanation of how energy works, i.e. what you give is what you get.
    Does this contradict or coincide with your explanation?

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