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Daily Mitzvah

Positive Commandment 179

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Positive Commandment 179 (Digest)
Examining the Witnesses

"You shall inquire, search, and ask diligently"Deuteronomy 13:15.

Judges are commanded to deliberately, thoroughly and painstakingly cross-examine witnesses, and only then to issue a verdict and punish.

Translation of (the unabridged text of) Sefer Hamitzvot by Rabbi Berel Bell, member of the Rabbinical Court of Montreal and director of Teacher Training for the Jewish Learning Institute.

From "Sefer Hamitzvot in English," published by Sichos in English.
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In the Burning Bush, Moses beheld the heart of the simple Jew, who lacks the learning and spiritual achievement of the "fruit bearing trees," and whose heart therefore burn with an insatiable yearning for G-d
  –Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov
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