Sunday, March 7, 2010

Mitzvah #108 - The fearless judge

A judge is not allowed to be afraid of anybody.

Even if a defendant is powerful and abusive, the judge is not allowed to be afraid that he will be harmed.

A judge may decline from continuing to judge a case, unless the case has progressed to a point where he has figured out who is correct.

A student - while watching a court case - who thinks of a reason that will help one of the defendants, but is afraid to speak up in front of his teacher, is included in this prohibition.

Applies to everybody, always, everywhere

Verse: "Do not fear anybody" (Devarim 1:17)

Source: The Chafetz-Chaim's Sefer haMitzvot haKatzar; Prohibition 72

- Danny
Sunday, 21 Adar 5770

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