"Do not accuse your friend of a flaw that you yourself have."
מום שבך אל תאמר לחברך
Rashi quotes the above phrase from Bava Metzia 59b in reference to Exodus 22:20 —
You shall not abuse a stranger, and you shall not oppress him; for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.
וְגֵר לֹא-תוֹנֶה, וְלֹא תִלְחָצֶנּוּ: כִּי-גֵרִים הֱיִיתֶם, בְּאֶרֶץ מִצְרָיִם
So I said to my husband: is this a bit like “People who live in glass houses should not throw stones”? And my husband responded, but even if you weren’t a stranger in Egypt, you shouldn’t abuse a stranger.
But I don’t think it’s a good idea for people who live in brick houses to throw stones, do you?
6 thoughts on “Glass Houses”
Short but to the point. A very important commandment if we consider the number of times it is repeated in the Torah.
Thanks. I’m going to aim for short in the coming weeks; seems to be better than not posting about the parsha at all (I missed last week because my idea was lengthy…and I had a busy work week).
Wishing you a great Shabbos!
Shabbat Shalom! Concise and to the point!
Very well said..not too many people follow that one…
I haven’t heard this before: “People who live in glass houses should not throw stones”
You mean cause then they will break the glass?