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Mishpatim: HaKetav v’HaKabalah: Mitzvah 83 – Concept 544

“Do not respond to a grievance by yielding to the majority to pervert the law.” (Exodus 23:2) A judge who presented an acquittal plea must not present an argument for conviction in capital cases. (Rambam, Hilchot Sanhedrin)

If the judge already reasoned that the defendant should be acquitted, he may not change his mind because of the influence of others, as then, one person may control the opinions of others for execution. (Sefer Hachinuch)

We must always consider how we are being influenced by others above and beyond our own reason and instinct. (HaKetav V’Hakabbalah)

I keep this in mind when reciting the “Yehi Ratzon,” “May it be Your will,” “that You rescue me today from brazen people…an evil companion…”

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