(meratstseach, from ratsach (
(1) death by a blow in a sudden quarrel (
(2) death by anything thrown at random (
(3) death by the blade of an axe flying from the handle (
Among the cases in which one would be held responsible for the death of another, is to be counted the neglectful act of building a house without a parapet (
Manslaughter, as a modern legal term, is employed to distinguish unpremeditated killing from coldblooded murder, but formerly (2 Esdras 1:26) it was used in a more general sense.
Frank E. Hirsch