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Daily Mitzvah

Negative Commandment 286

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Negative Commandment 286 (Digest)
Accepting Testimony from a Wicked Person

"Do not put your hand together with the wicked to be an unrighteous witness"Exodus 23:1.

It is forbidden for a judge to accept testimony from an evil person – e.g., a robber or a desperado – and to issue a verdict based on that testimony.

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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Your fellow is your mirror. If your own face is clean, the image you perceive will also be flawless. But should you look upon your fellow man and see a blemish, it is your own imperfection that you are encountering -- you are being shown what it is that you must correct within yourself.
  –Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov
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