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Rabbi Shlomo Luria, nearly 500 years ago, argued that with the exception of great moral deficiencies like murder, stealing and deception, the Torah mostly describes behavior between Jews and relies on secular law for the rest.

Can anyone show me where the Maharshal says this? Many thanks.


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The Maharshal in Yam Shel Shlomo on tree last perek in Bava Kama, Siman 20 says that gezel akum cannot be assur min hatorah, because the laws of the Torah are meant only to be between Jews not non Jews. He doesn’t mention moral laws as an exception though. Here is a screenshot of the piece

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The Chacham Tzvi in Siman 26 quotes it and disagrees. The Shach Choshen Mishpat 359 quotes it as well.

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