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

273 - A JUDGE COMMITTING UNRIGHTEOUSNESS


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.”

Justice must be administered with the most scrupulous honesty. In the words of the Talmud: “A judge who delivers judgments in perfect truth causes the Divine Presence to dwell in Israel. And he who does not deliver judgments in perfect truth causes the Divine Presence to depart from the midst of Israel…”

A judge should always think of himself as if a sword were hanging over his head and Gehenna gaping beneath him. A judge, who unjustly takes the possessions of one and gives them to another, compels the Holy One, blessed be He, to restore them to him; it follows therefore that he has perverted justice against the Holy One.*

* Sanh. 7a

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