Learn Hebrew History - The Good Samaritan

Updated: Jun 15, 2020



Ever heard about the Good Samaritan Parable ( mashal משל) and wondered what it means? Originally the good samaritan ( ha'shomroni ha'tov - השומרוני הטוב ) is a phrase originated in the New Testament, In the Gospel of Luke.

It describes the assistance of one person to another, given out of a desire to do well, without expecting anything in return. As simple (Pashut - פשוט) as that, just being a good (Tov - טוב) person and helping others (akh'erim - אחרים).

Here is the Parable in short: "A traveler is beaten , stripped of clothing, and left half dead alongside the road . He is laying there wishing for help. First a priest (Kohen - כהן) walks by, and then a Levite (Levi - לוי), but none of them paid any attention to the poor man. Finally, a Samaritan walked by. The Samaritan, who according to Judaism was of a lower class rank , stopped there, bandaged his wounds, watered him, brought him to an inn, and even paid the innkeeper for the stay."

The concept of "good Samaritan" became the expression of a person who helps the other immediately and without consideration. Also, this Parable is well connected to the Golden Rule which is An expression from the Torah, [ in hebrew – ve ahavta lereakh'a kamokh'a וְאָהַבְתָּ לְרֵעֲךָ כָּמוֹךָ] this is the principle of treating others as one would wish to be treated.

It's literal translation is "Love Your Friend As You Love Yourself".