Sanhedrin 23 - 29
Why Gamblers Can't be Trusted
Dice gamblers and racing bettors are disqualified by rabbinic law from being either judges or witnesses. Two opinions are offered for this disqualification.
The Sage Rami bar Chama views the income from gambling as a form of robbery because the losing party expected to win and did not willingly relinquish ownership. Rabbi Shaishes challenges this approach and rules that the gambler is disqualified only if he has no other occupation because then he "is not involved in something constructive for the world."
Two interpretations of this reason are offered by the commentaries:
Rav Ovadia of Bartenura
Rabbi Yaakov ben Asher, the Tur
- Sanhedrin 24b
|The Rule:||Relatives are ineligible to testify in any case, criminal or civil, either on behalf of their relative or against him.|
|The Problem:||Disqualifying a witness to testify on behalf of his relative is easily understandable because he is suspected of subjectivity. But if he testifies against a relative whom he should favor is this not an indication that he is objectively telling the truth?|
|The Resolution:||The Sefer Hachinuch offers two possible explanations.
- Sanhedrin 27b