Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Mitzvah #106 - Bribery

A judge is forbidden from taking bribes - even if he intends to mete out justice.

A judge who took a bribe has to return it.

A judge may be paid for his time; but only if both parties pay the same amount.

Applies to everybody, everywhere, always

Verse: "Do not take bribery" (Shmot 23:8)

One who gives bribes to a judge has transgressed "Do not put a [spiritual] stumbling block in front of the blind" (Vayikra 19:14)

Source: The Chafetz-Chaim's Sefer haMitzvot haKatzar; Prohibition 71

- Danny
Wednesday, 17 Adar 5770

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