Biblical Faith – with Shmuel “Sam” Peak
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Mishnah 10 and 11a
Rabbi Yishmael his son says: Do not act as judge alone, for none judges alone except One – HaShem; and do not say, “Accept my view,” for they are permitted to, but not you.
The Torah demands a fully impartial system of justice; judges and witness must be separate from the litigants.
The mishnah uncharacteristically refers to HaShem as “One,” to draw our attention to the point of judicial detachment. He can judge alone and still maintain the demands of judicial process, because in His Oneness He is certainly distinct and separate from people.
Rabbi Yonasan says: Whoever fulfills the study of Torah despite poverty will ultimately fulfill it in wealth; but whoever neglects the study of Torah because of wealth will ultimately neglect it in poverty.