Three Are the Ones Who Cause Harm to Themselves

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642) Three are the ones who cause harm to themselves. Two are in this world, and one is in the other world. They are 1) He who harms himself, who curses himself, an appointee is appointed before that person, and when he curses himself, that appointee and seventy others appointed under him take that word and say “Amen,” then raise it up and sentence him. And that appointee chases him until he executes and completes for him the curse of that word that he said.

643) Whom do we see as greater than Moses, who said, “and if not, please blot me out from Your book which You have written.” He said that for Israel. Although the Creator granted his wish and forgave Israel he was still not spared from the punishment. After all, his name was not mentioned in the portion, “And you will command”; he was blotted out from there.

And whom do we see as greater than King David, who said, “I said, ‘I will guard my ways that I may not sin with my tongue; I will guard my mouth as with a muzzle while the wicked is before me.’” What is, “While the wicked is before me?” It is that appointee who was appointed over the one who curses himself and takes that word to harm the person.

644) 2) He harms himself throwing bread or breadcrumbs on the earth and causing it disgrace. Those two receive their punishment in this world.

3) One who harms himself in the other world lighting a candle at the end of the Sabbath before Israel arrive at the Kiddush [sanctification] that they say at the end of the Sabbath. It is regarded as though he desecrated the Sabbath, for he caused Hell’s fire to be lit prematurely.

645) There is a place in Hell for those who desecrate the Sabbath. Because he lit a candle before its time, there is an appointee in Hell at the end of the Sabbath, who first lights that place, and says, “That place belongs to so and so,” and all the wicked in Hell help him light that place. That appointee calls out and says, “Behold, the Lord will hurl you headlong with a man’s throw, and will surely wrap you.” The wicked in Hell say, “[He will roll you] like a ball into a vast land where you will die” because he caused them to light prematurely. Thus you have three who cause harm to themselves.

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