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Day 325: 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
You have a cup full of oil in your hand; if a drop of water falls into it, and corresponding drop of oil spills out. In the same way, if a word of Torah enters your heart, and word of mockery correspondingly exits from it; if a word of mockery enters your heart, a word of Torah exits from it
  –Midrash Rabbah, Song of Songs 1
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