"If a man shall open a pit or if a man shall dig a pit and not cover it, and an ox or
donkey will fall in it, the owner of the pit shall pay." Exodus 21:33-34
The foundation of the laws pertaining to damages is the commandment of loving our fellow man. When we
care about others, we will be careful not to do anything that will cause them damage or suffering. When kind and compassionate
people study these laws, they do not think in terms of how much money they will have to pay, but in terms of what they can
do to avoid causing others any loss or pain. Studying the commandments in the proper way will increase your sensitivity to
the possibilities of your harming others.