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The Sharia of Moses in the TORA
Part 2 - The 365 Prohibitions of the Tora

271 - CHEATING IN MEASUREMENTS AND WEIGHTS


Leviticus 19:35-36 -- 35You shall do no injustice in judgment, in measurement of length, weight, or volume. 36 You shall have honest scales, honest weights, an honest ephah, and an honest hin: I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt.”
Leviticus 19:15 -- “You shall do no injustice in judgment. You shall not be partial to the poor, nor honor the person of the mighty. In righteousness you shall judge your neighbor.”

“He who denies the commandments pertaining to measures and weights is as if he denied the Exodus”, for in committing unrighteousness to his fellow man the sinner implies that “the Lord has abandoned the earth” and that those who practice unrighteousness will not be punished. Now since the Exodus proves that “the Lord is in the world”, and that His Providence extends to all things done in the world, the violation of these commandments entails a denial of the verity of the Exodus, “which made possible the giving of the Divine Commandments. But he who takes upon himself the obligation to fulfill the Commandments pertaining to measures and weights admits the Exodus, which was the essential cause of all commandments.”*

* Nezikin, Hilchoth Genevah VII, 12, Commentaries.

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