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Deuteronomy 1 - Be Fair in Your Judgment

Updated: Aug 3, 2022

Daily Verse for August 1th 2022

Verse 17:

לֹֽא־תַכִּ֨ירוּ פָנִ֜ים בַּמִּשְׁפָּ֗ט כַּקָּטֹ֤ן כַּגָּדֹל֙ ...׃

You shall not be partial in judgment: hear out low and high alike...

The small person we can see as a poor person. It is forbidden for a judge to have mercy on a poor person in judgment. And the same for a great person, a rich person, a judge should not favor the rich person either.

But since most of us will not be judges, what can we learn from this verse.

One who is rich can be seen as one who keeps the 7 Commandments of Noah, and one is poor if he does not.

If a conflict arises between these two people and it is up to you to pass judgment on the situation you must look at the situation objectively. It is easy to think that someone who keeps the 7 Commandments has done well and the other has made a mistake, but it does not have to be that way. So every situation must be judged objectively without regard to personal opinion.

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Angelique Sijbolts is one of the main writers for the Noahide Academy. She has been an observant Noahide for many years. She studies Torah with Rabbi Perets every week. Angelique invests much of her time in editing video-lectures for the Rabbis of the Academy and contributes in administrating the Academy's website in English and Dutch. She lives in the north of the Netherlands. Married and mother of two sons. She works as a teacher in a school with students with special needs. And is a Hebrew Teacher for the levels beginners en intermediate. She likes to walk, to read and play the piano.



ChabadApp chumash with Rashi for Deut. 1:17


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