Skip to main content

Anything and everything related to Judaism's approach to dealing with other human beings.

Broadly speaking all of Jewish thought and practice can be divided into three categories:

  1. בין אדם למקום -- Man's relationship with God
  2. בין אדם לחברו -- Man's relationship with the rest of the world
  3. בין אדם לעצמו -- Purely personal things (lit. between man and himself)

The most famous Jewish teaching about Bein Adam l'chavero is probably Hillel's formulation of the Golden Rule. The next most famous is probably Leviticus, 19:18 "Love thy neighbor as thyself." That being said, the Jewish concept of bein adam l'chaveiro encompasses much more than sentiments of goodwill. A large body of Jewish law is related to bein adam l'chaveiro including practically all of the Talmud included in the standard yeshiva curriculum.

Some random examples of bein adam l'chaveiro-related laws in no particular order:

  • Pay schedules for employees and contractors
  • Interest on loans
  • Priorities in giving charity
  • Use of force in self-defense or defense of others

Some sample questions that should be eligible for this tag:

  • This question
  • Is it proper to write a heter iska on a personal loan?
  • If I come home late and do not have cash to pay the babysitter can I pay her tomorrow or must I run to an ATM?
  • Just about anything that is also tagged "bava-metzia"