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    Seeing what one shouldn’t – Yitro

    altarThe end of the sidra (Ex. 20:23) gives us an instruction not to go up to the altar by means of steps.

    The problem, as explained by Rashi, based on the Mechilta, is that someone who is at ground level can see the private parts of the person who is ascending the steps.

    From this we learn that even inadvertent gazing at things one should not see is forbidden by Jewish ethical law.

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