Whoever saves a single life...


“And I read something else,” Jacob goes on. “There was this discussion of the story of Cain and Abel, from the Bible. After Cain kills his brother, God says, ‘The bloods of your brother call out to me.’ Not blood. Bloods. Weird, right? So the Talmud tries to explain it.”

“I can explain it,” says William. “The scribe was drunk.”

“William!” cries Jeanne. “The Bible is written by God!”

“And copied by scribes,” the big boy replies. “Who get drunk. A lot. Trust me.”

Jacob is laughing. “The rabbis have a different explanation. The Talmud says it’s ‘bloods’ because Cain didn’t only spill Abel’s blood. He spilled the blood of Abel and all the descendants he never had.”

“Huh!”

“And then it says something like, ‘Whoever destroys a single life destroys the whole world. And whoever saves a single life saves the whole world.”