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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.
Daily Quote
A soul may descend to earth and live seventy or eighty years for the sole purpose of doing a favor for another -- a spiritual favor, or even a material favor
  –Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov
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