Take the 2-minute tour ×
Mi Yodeya is a question and answer site for those who base their lives on Jewish law and tradition and anyone interested in learning more. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Gemara Shevuos 31a says that if two people come to Bais Din one dressed in rags and the other dressed in expensive clothing, we make them dress similarly. Sefer Hachinuch Mitzva 235 indicates that this is not done in his times. When did this stop and why?

share|improve this question
1  
It would be interesting to hear a contemporary dayan's take on this. –  Isaac Moses Nov 28 '12 at 16:33
add comment

2 Answers

up vote 5 down vote accepted

Choshen Mishpat - Shach 17:2 indicates in the name of the Raavan that it fell by the wayside since today no one wears a Uztila of 100 Mana.

share|improve this answer
    
Well apparently people have started again luxist.com/2009/02/24/… (1 Manah = 480 grams of silver; you do the math silvergrambars.com/calculator ) –  Double AA Nov 29 '12 at 4:45
add comment

The Rambam (Sanhedrin 21:5, noted by Rabbi Chayim Dov Chavel in his edition of the Sefer HaChinuch — mitzvah 217 in his edition based on the first printing in Venice) says that the reason why is because we no longer have the ability to do the judgment perfectly.

share|improve this answer
add comment

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.