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    Kamtza & Bar-Kamtza

    KamtzaThe Talmudic story (Gittin 55b/56a) is well known. Because of a mix-up between two men of similar name was the Temple laid waste, according to the sages.

    A host wanted Kamtza at his party but Bar-Kamtza mistakenly received the invitation and was pushed out in the sight of the whole assemblage.

    The Talmud says that God himself supported Bar-Kamtza because He was shocked that one person could publicly embarrass another.

    The rabbis say that a society in which people failed to respect one another did not deserve to survive (Yoma 9b).

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