The Book of Torts
About the Book
The Book of Torts is the 11th book in the “Mishne Torah”, it deals with the laws of Torts according to Judaism.
The laws in this book start the topic of Law and Governance, which continue for the rest of the “Mishne Torah” – Torts, Acquisition, Justice and Judges.
The book of Torts deals with all damage man may be responsible from worse to worst. It begins with damage caused by property, for example by your ox. Later on damages done in private, and robbery. After that damage caused by not returning a lost item. Worse than these are damages man causes himself, when he injures other or ruins their belongings, and even worse is giving others property to the hands of violent people.
Towards the end of the book Maimonides brings the laws regarding the fate of a murederer, that has no forgiveness nor redemption fee, only death, as said: “and the blood which is shed in the land cannot be atoned for except through the blood of the one who shed it” (Numbers 35,33).
Structure of the Book:
Example Pages From the Book
Books From This Category:
The Book of Acquisitions
The book deals with the ways of acquisition in Jewish law, collection of property and communication with neighbors.
The Book of Civil Justice
The book deals with financial arrangements that don’t work out well.
The Book of Judges
The book deals with the entirety of the peoples life, the Sanhedrin and kingship.