Posted on March 22, 2021
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On Shabbat morning, we discussed the Torah’s statement that if someone knows something of a crime committed and does not come forward, they are guilty and will be punished. You can find the Source Sheet here. We had many questions and considerations. Some rabbis thought that should apply only to a one-on-one direct request and others thought it should apply anytime a witness is needed. Often, when groups are asked to do something (for example volunteering), people don’t respond, but when asked individually they do. Which do you think? Should a witness who refuses to come forward be treated differently than one who forgets or was never asked? How does this account for inaccurate witnesses? Finally, these laws were often interpreted to make it very difficult for someone to be put to death. Does this requirement make it more likely that people will testify? What do you think?
— Rabbi Rubin : )