limit enmity to the institutional setting of the court, lest it invade the neighborhood. Within the judicial setting itself, however, situations of conflict are resolved by
means of judgments (MyFpwm) and sanctions, not by
tolerance, and certainly not by the offended party helping the offender.
The commandment to love the neighbor as oneself (Lev. 19:18), of course, has a bearing on the problem of personal enmity. If it is observed enmity is excluded from the neighborhood. Conflict is resolved not by legal, means but by love. Yet, this instruction to love the neighbor requires some "exegesis" in order to address the problem of enemies who are neighbors. A sage, Sirach, is required to draw out the commandment's implications for neighbors who are enemies.
The frequent appearance of non-aggressive, even loving, responses toward personal enemies in the wisdom literature, on the other hand, is due to its peculiar concerns. One of these concerns is to instruct people in the difficult task of getting along with one another. The task of life in a neighborhood which is inhabited by enemies as well as friends requires a great deal of insight. The task is com- plicated by the fact that enemies may appear to be friends, and friends may become enemies.