Rambam, Mishneh Torah, Laws of Kings and Wars, 6:10
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רמב"ם הלכות מלכים פרק ו הלכה י
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ולא האילנות בלבד, אלא כל המשבר כלים, ג וקורע בגדים, והורס בנין, וסותם מעין, ומאבד מאכלות דרך השחתה, עובר בלא ד תשחית, ואינו לוקה אלא מכת מרדות מדבריהם
This prohibition does not apply to trees alone. Rather, anyone who breaks utensils, tears garments, destroys buildings, stops up a spring, or ruins food with a destructive intent transgresses the command 'Do not destroy.' However, that person is not lashed. Instead, they receive stripes for rebellious conduct as instituted by the Sages. [Translation by Rabbi Eliyahu Touger. Edited for gender neutrality]
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Suggested Discussion Questions:

1. How does the Rambam expand the category of “do not destroy”?

2. What types of behaviors fall into this category? What do they all have in common?

3. How do you see these destructive behaviors present in the world today?

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Time Period: Medieval (Geonim through the 16th Century)