The Rambam places most of the laws regarding social, interpersonal relationships (such as the prohibition against slander) in Hilchos De'os, but he seems to be missing an important one: ona'as devarim, the prohibition against distressing another person. While it's true that the Rambam does mention this in other places (Hil. Teshuva 7:8, Mechirah 14:12), it seems like it should be worth at least a passing mention in Hilchos De'os.

  • Would you be happy with an answer for why it is in Mechira with other kinds of Onaah? Or specifically why not even a passing mention in Deot? – Double AA Mar 30 '15 at 4:53
  • @DoubleAA not really (to the first option); I know why it's in Mechira, but I want to know why there isn't even a passing reference in Hil. De'os (like there is in Hilchos Teshuva) – הנער הזה Mar 30 '15 at 4:55
  • If I recall this is discussed in Introduction to the Code of Maimonides – mevaqesh Mar 30 '15 at 18:11
  • Arguably it is included by implication in Deios 6:8 – Yishai Mar 30 '15 at 21:25
  • @mevaqesh found it, page 293. Thanks! – הנער הזה Mar 31 '15 at 4:18

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