Ramban, Deuteronomy 5:13

והנה טעמו כשינוח עבדך ואמתך כמוך תזכור כי עבד היית וגו':

And here the reason that your manservant and maidservant are to rest “as you do” is to remind you that you were a slave. [AJWS translation]


Suggested Discussion Questions:

1. Deuteronomy 5:13 commands us to keep the Sabbath and ensure that we do not allow ourselves or servants or property to work on the Sabbath. According to the Ramban, why are the slaves commanded to rest?

2. What is the benefit of remembering slavery in this case?

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