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Home -- Content: Series 7 (Laws) -- Translation: English -- Book: 1 (Tora) -- Part: 2 (Negative) -- Prohibition: 274 -- Text
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The Sharia of Moses in the TORA
Part 2 - The 365 Prohibitions of the Tora

274 - A JUDGE ACCEPTING GIFTS FROM LITIGANTS


Exodus 23:8 -- “And you shall take no bribe, for a bribe blinds the discerning and perverts the words of the righteous.”
Deuteronomy 16:19-20 -- 19 “You shall not pervert justice; you shall not show partiality, nor take a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and twists the words of the righteous. 20 You shall follow what is altogether just, that you may live and inherit the land which the LORD your God is giving you.”

In his “Mishneh Torah”, Maimonides states that the transgressor of this commandment cannot possibly attain to perfect repentance, “because he does not know how far his judgment has been perverted, nor the full extent of the consequences, so that he might make amends; and further, because he encourages the bribing litigant and causes him to sin.”*

* Mada, Hilchoth Teshubah IV, 5

The litigant who gives a gift to the judge transgresses Negative Commandment 299.*

* Ibid., Shoftim, Hilchoth Sanhedrin XXIII, 2

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