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Daily Mitzvah

Day 328: 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
The Egyptian Exodus involved breaking the bonds and limitation of Egypt in order to escape it. Chassidic teaching instructs to take this one step further: to step out of worldly limitations and bounds while remaining in the world. While functioning within the world we must transcend its limitations...
  –Hayom Yom, Tevet 25
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