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"Do not place a stumbling block before the blind" (Leviticus 19:14) can also mean not to knowingly give bad advice. The Hebrew word for "stumbling block" appears 12 times in the Torah and Prophets and this is the only time it is spelled with a vav. How does this missing letter teach us the difference between good advice and bad?

A Stumbling Block Before the Blind

A Stumbling Block Before the Blind

Letters and Numbers of Torah - Kedoshim

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Rabbi Aaron L. Raskin is the official Chabad emissary to downtown Brooklyn and rabbi of Congregation B’nai Avraham in Brooklyn Heights, New York. He is the author of the books "Letters of Light", "By Divine Design", and "Guardian of Israel", and the co-author of "The Rabbi & The CEO".
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April 16, 2014
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Andre
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March 24, 2014
Interesting how that portion that says don't put a stumbling block before the blind is followed by, "don't curse one who cannot hear". It would seem G-d is trying to say that, before we allow pain upon Hashem's people, we should let them know that the pain is coming. Thus we would have opened their eyes to impending doom before it hits them. Therefore we metaphorically won't be putting a stumbling block before the blind or cursing those who cannot hear; Just as Hashem warned Adam and Eve of the fruit they shouldn't eat, thus opening their eyes to the stumbling block in their midst.
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