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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
"And G-d happened upon Balaam..." (Numbers 23:4). To the evil prophet Balaam, G-d "happened." Such is the hallmark of evil and unholiness is an attitude of "It just happened." In holiness, nothing is coincidental; every event is significant and purposeful.
  –The Chassidic Masters
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