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Mistreating Widows and Orphans: Whom Does This Law Address?

Hosted By: Valley Beit Midrash

The Bible is full of commandments that say “do x” or “don’t do y,” almost always without specifying who is being addressed. When the Bible says not to mistreat widows and orphans, was it addressing judges? Or the wealthy? Or all of us?

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