Glass Houses

"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?


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