Sunday, December 18, 2005

DAILY MITZVAH (Maimonides): Monday, December 19, 2005


Kislev 18, 5766 * December 19, 2005

D A I L Y M I T Z V A H (M A I M O N I D E S )

Today's Mitzvah (Day 108 of 339):

Positive Mitzvah 7

Positive Mitzvah 7: Taking an oath in G-d's name

-Deuteronomy 10:20 "And swear by His name"

In court, when the defendant is called to the stand, he or she is
questioned again and again by the lawyers and the judge.

The defendant tries to convince the jury that he is not guilty of
the crime he is charged with. The judge demands that he swear he is
telling the truth.

The defendant chooses to swear by something he holds to be sacred
and important. He hopes this will impress the jury of his sincerity
and innocence.

In a Beit Din, a Jew may also be required to take an oath confirming
that he is telling the truth.

When taking an oath, he is commanded to swear by the name of HaShem.
He will be using HaShem's holy name to convince the court of his


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