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Positive Commandment 180

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Positive Commandment 180 (Digest)
Punishing False Witnesses

"You shall do to him as he thought to have done to his brother"Deuteronomy 19:19.

We are commanded to punish false witnesses by sentencing them to the exact punishment they wished to impose upon their innocent fellow. If their testimony was intended to expropriate money, they must pay the amount they wished the other to lose. If their testimony was intended to impose upon the defendant corporeal or capital punishment, they are the ones flogged or put to death.


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
And Haman said to King Achashverosh: "There is a singular people, scattered and divided among the nations in all the provinces of your kingdom; their laws are different from those of all nations, and the king's laws they do not do; it is not worthwhile for the king to preserve them..."
  –Esther 3:8
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