ParshiotAcharie Mot-KedoshimVayikra 1911. You shall not steal, nor deal falsely, nor lie one to another. 12. And youshall not swear by my name falsely, nor shall you profane the name of yourGod; I am the Lord. 13. You shall not defraud your neighbor, nor rob him; thewages of he who is hired shall not remain with you all night until the morning.14. You shall not curse the deaf, nor put a stumbling block before the blind,but shall fear your God; I am the Lord. 15. You shall do no unrighteousness injudgment; you shall not respect the person of the poor, nor honor the personof the mighty; but in righteousness shall you judge your neighbor. 16. You shallnot go up and down as a slanderer among your people; nor shall you standagainst the blood of your neighbor; I am the Lord. 17. You shall not hate yourbrother in your heart; you shall reason with your neighbor, and not allow sin onhis account. 18. You shall not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the childrenof your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself; I am the Lord.19. You shall keep my statutes. You shall not let your cattle breed with adifferent kind; you shall not sow your field with mixed seed; nor shall agarment mixed of linen and woolen come upon you.
--- --- --- -- --- - - --- --- - - -- -- - --Genesis Chapter 4And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bore Cain, and said, Ihave acquired a man from the Lord. 2. And she again bore his brother Abel.And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. 3. And inprocess of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground anoffering to the Lord. 4. And Abel also brought of the firstlings of his flock andof the fat of it. And the Lord had respect for Abel and for his offering; 5. Butfor Cain and for his offering he did not have respect. And Cain was very angry,and his countenance fell. 6. And the Lord said to Cain, Why are you angry? andwhy is your countenance fallen? 7. If you do well, shall you not be accepted?and if you do not well, sin lies at the door. And to you shall be his desire, andyet you may rule over him. 8. And Cain talked with Abel his brother; and itcame to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his
brother, and slew him. 9. And the Lord said to Cain, Where is Abel yourbrother? And he said, I know not; Am I my brother’s keeper? 10. And He said,What have you done? the voice of your brother’s blood cries to me from theground. 11. And now you are cursed from the earth, which has opened hermouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand; 12. When you till theground, it shall not henceforth yield to you her strength; a fugitive and awanderer shall you be in the earth. 13. And Cain said to the Lord, Mypunishment is greater than I can bear. 14. Behold, you have driven me out thisday from the face of the earth; and from your face shall I be hidden; and I shallbe a fugitive and a wanderer in the earth; and it shall come to pass, that everyone who finds me shall slay me. 15. And the Lord said to him, Thereforewhoever slays Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And the Lordset a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him. 16. And Cain wentout from the presence of the Lord, and lived in the land of Nod, in the east ofEden.Midrash Rabbah - Genesis XXII:2R. Joshua b. Karhah said: Only two entered the bed, and seven left it: Cain andhis twin sister, Abel and his two twin sisters -- -- ---
1. Now Korah, the son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, andDathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, and On, the son of Peleth, sons ofReuben, took men; 2. And they rose up before Moses, with certain of thepeople of Israel, two hundred and fifty princes of the assembly, regularlysummoned to the congregation, men of renown; 3. And they gatheredthemselves together against Moses and against Aaron, and said to them, Youtake too much upon you, seeing all the congregation are holy, every oneof them, and the Lord is among them. Why then do you lift up yourselvesabove the congregation of the Lord?Numbers 1631. And it came to pass, as he finished speaking all these words, that theground split beneath them;32. And the earth opened her mouth, andswallowed them up, and their houses, and all the men who belonged toKorah, and all their goods. 33. They, and all that belonged to them, went downalive into Sheol, and the earth closed upon them; and they perished fromamong the congregation. [ ]
Otzar Midrashim page 319, and YalkutMeamLoez, Vayikra page 210.Followingis a paraphrase):"There were once two friends whose friendship was profound. Because ofwars and various intrigue the friends were separated for many years. Finally oneheard where his friend was, so he traveled to visit him. Unfortunately thecountries where the two lived were at war with one another. Rumors began tospread regarding the mission of the stranger who had come to visit. Soon he
was arrested and charged with espionage. He was found guilty and sentencedto death by the king himself. The man pleaded with the king to grant him onelast the wish. The king asked, "What is your wish?" the man answered that hewas a prominent businessman in his home country, and being well known heoften did business on credit, by a handshake. The plain truth was that thoughhe accumulated a small fortune, most of his money was lent out to peoplewithout contracts. He asked the king to allow him one last trip home to put hisaffairs in order, and say good bye to his family. If not, the king was not merelysentencing him to death but also his children to a life of poverty. The king wasincredulous, "How am I to believe you that you will return, what can youpossibly give me as a collateral"? The man responded that he had a good friendthat lived in the city, and that he was sure that the man would be willing to takehis place on death row until he returned. The friend was brought in. "Wouldyou take your friends place", he was asked. "You understand that if he doesnot return it is your head that will roll". The man agreed. "After all, he said,"what are friends for"? The king was intrigued to see if the man would trulyreturn, so he allowed him to leave, knowing that the execution would takeplace in 30 days.The appointed time came, but the man had not returned, so the king instructedhis guards to take out the friend and decapitate him. They brought the man out,put his head on the block, and as the knife was about to come down, a loudmurmur could be heard from the city. The executioner was told to wait; lo andbehold, the man had returned. He walked bravely up to the executioner andgrabbed the sword, and said "I am here and prepared to meet my fate". Thefriend stood up and grabbed the sword as well and said, "You are late, the dealwas for you to be back by this morning. Since you did not arrive, I am the oneto be killed." The friend responded, "But it is I whom they accuse of treachery,it is I who was sentenced to die". The king observed the argument andsummoned both men. "Neither of you will be killed, on one condition." Theyboth looked at the king and asked, "What is the condition?" The kinganswered, "That I can become your third friend"