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Parsha Mitzvot-Mishpatim-Mitzvah 54 – Concept 538

“If a man shall give money or vessels to his fellow to safeguard, and it is stolen from the house of the man, if the thief is found he shall pay double. If the thief is not found, then the householder shall approach the court that he had not laid his hand upon his fellow’s property. For every item of liability, whether an ox, a donkey, a sheep, or a garment, regarding any lost item about which he says, ‘This is it!’ to the court shall come both their claims.” (Exodus 22:6-8)The court must carry out the laws of the plaintiff, admitter or denier. (Rambam, Hilchot To’ein V’nit’an – The Laws of a Plaintiff and Defendant)

“For every item of liability,” there is no greater liability than to say, ‘This is it,” I have achieved everything I must! (Rabbi Yisrael of Modhitz – Divrei Yisrael)

A person must do Teshuva with all his strength and not wait until he is old, weak and ill, and he says about himself, ‘This is it!’ (Rabbi Chaninah Yom Tov Lipah of Sighet – Kedushat Yom Tov)

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