Mitzvah #221 – When is it a Mitzvah to unload a donkey?

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If one sees a donkey collapsed under it’s heavy load, it’s a Mitzvah to help the donkey-driver unload the animal.
Even if the load was excessive, it’s a Mitzvah to help.

Unloading the animal must be done without asking for remuneration.

If – after reloading the donkey – it again collapses, it’s a Mitzvah to help unload again, and again.

Applies to everybody, everywhere, always.

Verse: “When you see your fellow man’s donkey collapsing under its load… you shall surely help him” (Shmot 23:5)

Source: The Chafetz-Chaim’s Sefer haMitzvot haKatzar; Positive Mitzvah 70

Danny Schoemann (for more visit Danny’ website)
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