Babylonian Talmud, Baba Metzia 58b


תלמוד בבלי, בבא מציעא נח:

Original Text:

תני תנא קמיה דרב נחמן בר יצחק: כל המלבין פני חבירו ברבים כאילו שופך דמים.


A Tanna retold this before Rabbi Nachman son of Yitzchak: One who embarrasses another in public, it is as if that person shed blood.
[AJWS translation]

Suggested Discussion Questions:

1. In what ways is embarrassment equal to death?
2. How does embarrassing someone affect them in that moment? What about the effects later on?

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