from: Faith Trust Institute


What does Judaism have to say about abuse?

Jewish tradition is very clear: it is forbidden for one person to harm another. This includes physical abuse: the Talmud states that it is forbidden to even raise a hand against another;

Sexual abuse: Jewish law recognized the unacceptability of marital rape more than 2,000 years ago;

Emotional abuse: Jewish law prohibits humiliating or belittling another person through word and deed; and,

Economic abuse: the Talmud states that a husband must generously provide for his family (in today’s society this responsibility is often shared by both partners).