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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.
Daily Quote
Sefirah (the Hebrew word for "counting") also means to illuminate and to rarify. The 49-day process of sefirat ha-omer, the counting of the days from Passover to Shavuot, is also the process of refining the 49 traits of one's heart so that they shine with the soul's G-dly light
  –Rabbi DovBer, the Maggid of Mezeritch
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