Thursday, July 6, 2017

An overlooked Torah housing specification

I wanted to point out a very obscure verse that very few people are aware of due to it being buried in the midst of Deuteronomy:
CLV Dt 22:8 When you build a new house, then you must make a parapet for your housetop so that you do not bring blood-guilt on your house in case someone falling from it might fall to death. 
AV Dt 22:8 When thou buildest a new house, then thou shalt make a battlement for thy roof, that thou bring not blood upon thine house, if any man fall from thence. 
YLT Dt 22:8 'When thou buildest a new house, then thou hast made a parapet to thy roof, and thou dost not put blood on thy house when one falleth from it.
As you can see, Torah requires a parapet (a border) on top of the house to prevent people from accidently falling off of it and thus causing a blood-guilt on the house.

This feature is rarely found in modern housing (especially single-family houses) but I did find some examples:

This is what Torah is talking about when it comes to Roof Tops. Entire Roof of your house must be FALL PROOF and it must have safety guard rails on the roof !!! As you can see from the right side of the image below, even the side-roofs must be fall-proof.

Surprisingly, the most famous example of such building is the White House. Way to Go, Mr. President!

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