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Positive Mitzvah 238
Positive Mitzvah 238: Injury Caused by an Obstruction
Exodus 21:33 "And if a man shall open a pit...
One rainy day, Suri was playing on the floor in the lobby of the apartment building. Her mother was busy chatting with a friend and Suri was kept busy with a bottle of bubbles.
Accidentally, she tripped over the bottle as she ran to catch a huge bubble floating in the air. Just then, Suri's mother walked out of her friend's doorway.
"Oh my goodness!" she exclaimed. "What a mess! I'd better wipe up this soapy water right away. Someone may walk by and slip. It's very dangerous."
Suri's mother was aware of this mitzvah, which concerns harm that may befall an innocent passer-by.
The Torah holds a person responsible for digging a hole in public property and leaving it uncovered.
This mitzvah also includes other similar situations which could cause damage to a person or his belongings.
From: Bringing Heaven Down to Earth by Tzvi Freeman - firstname.lastname@example.org