Babylonian Talmud, Baba Metzia 61b
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תלמוד בבלי בבא מציעא ס"א:
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רבא אמר: מגופיה דקרא שמיע ליה מות יומת דמיו בו יהיה (יחזקאל י"ח:י"ג) הוקשו מלוי רבית לשופכי דמים
Rava said, “We learn this from the verse itself, '[He has lent at advance interest, or exacted accrued interest – shall he live? He shall not live! If he has committed any of these abominations,] he shall die; he has forfeited his life.' (Ezekiel 18:13) Usurers are compared to murderers.” [Translation by Rabbi Steve Greenberg]
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Suggested Discussion Questions:

Why is lending with interest such a severe crime?

How is it like murder?

Are there other crimes that people commit today that are similar?

Is lending with interest today this bad?

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Time Period: Rabbinic (Maccabees through the Talmud)