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Day 323: Negative Commandment 291

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Negative Commandment 291 (Digest)
A Witness Acting as Judge

"But one witness shall not testify against a person causing him to die"Numbers 35:30.

In a capital case, a witness may not offer any opinion regarding the defendant's guilt or innocence. Rather, he must state the facts as he saw them and then remain silent, and allow the judges to reach their decision.

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.
Daily Quote
No matter how much effort is exerted, no one can earn one cent more than G‑d has ordained that one shall earn. One must do what is necessary, but one must remember that all one’s work is but an accessory. The main thing is G‑d’s blessing, and that blessing is earned by observing G‑d’s commands: praying with a minyan, observing Shabbat in the best way, meticulous observance of kosher, and having children instructed by pious teachers.
  –Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak of Lubavitch (Hayom Yom for 4 Av)
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