Leviticus 5:1 "And he is witness, whether he has seen or known of it"

Shimi was going to spend the weekend with his grand-parents who lived out of town. He was happy that his father and mother agreed let him take the train alone.

His parents drove him to the station and left him to wait on line in front of the ticket counter. Shimi waited patiently. The lady before him was carrying many packages and had difficulty managing them.

Shimi offered to hold her bags so that it would be easier for her to pay for her ticket.

After she purchased her ticket, Shimi's turn came. He felt very independent ordering his ticket and paying for it himself. When he received it, he put it in his wallet and boarded the train.

Shortly after the train pulled out of the station, the conductor came to punch tickets. When the passengers saw him approach, they took out their tickets, but one woman couldn't find hers.

The conductor demanded that she purchase another one, but she protested; "I bought a ticket. It's just that I can't find it. Why should I have to pay for another one?"

The conductor would not listen: "I've got nothing against you ," he explained. "But, there have been too many people sneaking on trains recently. I've been instructed not to accept anybody's word. You'll have to purchase a new ticket."

Shimi looked up. This was the same woman who had been standing before him in line. He jumped up from his seat and approached the conductor.

"Please, sir," he called out. "Listen. This woman really did buy a ticket. I saw her. I was standing behind her at the counter.

Do you see all the packages she has? She had trouble carrying them and I'm sure that the ticket just slipped out of her hand."

One of the other passengers piped up: "Mr. Conductor, I'm a lawyer. If I was given this case, I'd convince the judge to accept that testimony." Everybody laughed. Even the conductor smiled and proceeded on to next passenger.

Someone else might have thought: "Why should I speak up, I'll just mind my own business." However, the Torah states that this is his business!

If a Jew happens to witness an incident and it is brought before the judges, he is obligated to testify. He is not allowed to withhold the evidence he witnessed - he is commanded to tell it to the judges.