Deuteronomy 22:8
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כִּי תִבְנֶה בַּיִת חָדָשׁ וְעָשִׂיתָ מַעֲקֶה לְגַגֶּךָ וְלֹא תָשִׂים דָּמִים בְּבֵיתֶךָ כִּי יִפֹּל הַנֹּפֵל מִמֶּנּוּ:
When you build a new house, you shall make a parapet for your roof, so that you do not bring bloodguilt on your house if anyone should fall from it. [JPS translation]
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Suggested Discussion Questions:

1. What responsibility does the Bible say a home builder has to protect people from harm in their house?

2. What might a literal interpretation of the mitzvah of building a ma’akeh look like today? A more expansive definition?

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Time Period: Biblical (early ancestors to 165 BCE)