I first remember learning the famous phrase “an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth,” etc., when I studied Hammurabi’s code back in my ninth-grade global studies class. I remember imagining how tough it must have been to live in that ancient Babylonian society.
It didn’t surprise me, though. I knew that there were many examples throughout history of brutal legal codes, and I knew some ancient societies were more brutal than others.
A few years later, in college, I encountered the following words from this week’s Torah portion, Parashat Mishpatim: “Eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for... Read More