|Zbyszek reading a rescued Jewish tombstone previously |
used as paving, image from film Shtetl: a journey home
In Jewish law this principle is expressed in the obligation to reproach sinners and the prohibition against flattery of evil doers (Chanifa). If someone violates certain prohibitions it is forbidden to give them honour or do anything that might imply approval of their deeds. An example of this is a wealthy donor who is involved in domestic violence. An organisation that would give him honour at their fundraising event would be in breach of the laws against Chanifa/flattery[xii]. One who justifies the wicked, or condemns the righteous-both are an abomination to the Lord[xiii].