Weekly Daf #66
Sanhedrin 30-36 - Issue #66
10 - 16 Iyar 5755 / 10 - 16 May 1995
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Never On Friday
|The Rule:||Capital cases cannot be judged on Erev Shabbos or Erev Yom Tov.|
|The Reason:||If the judges reached a decision for acquittal in a capital case they render judgment that very day. If the decision is for conviction they must postpone final judgment till the morrow in order to allow for the possibility of coming up with an argument for acquittal during the course of the night.|
|The Conclusion:||Don't judge a capital case on Erev Shabbos or Erev Yom Tov.|
The Sanctity of Secrecy
When a court has rendered judgment in any case it is forbidden for a judge to tell the party who lost the case that he ruled in his favor and it was his colleagues who ruled against him. This comes under the category of the tale-bearing prohibited by the Torah, for King Solomon (in Mishlei 11) has already defined one who reveals secrets as a tale-bearer. A student in the yeshiva of the Sage Rabbi Ami was expelled from the yeshiva because he revealed a secret told in the Beis Midrash 22 years earlier. Rabbi Ami who realized that the revelation of even so outdated a matter had an element of lashon hara (evil gossip) in it, declared that there was no place in his yeshiva for one who made public what should have remained private information.
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