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After long searching, I think I found the verses I am looking for http://biblehub.com/deuteronomy/17-12.htm The person who pays no attention to the priest currently serving the LORD your God there, or to the verdict--that person must die, so that you may purge evil from Israel.


Regarding the point in the question, of: what's the point of the whole court system if no body have to obey its decision? One should realize that the Torah describes a legal system within a functioning country. One wouldn't ask what the point is of the whole U.S. Court system if there is no mitzvah to obey? The courts in the U.S. have teeth. So did ...


You are missing the point of the story. The point is not to exegise the finer points of the laws of conversion but rather to illustrate the solidarity of this senator.


It wasn't the Beis Din who locked up the Mekoshesh, it was the people who saw. Another point is that the rule is when two laws conflict, it is actually the positive command that prevails. עשה דוחה לא תעשה. But more importantly, this is not a conflict. A conflict is when two laws happen to clash. This is a case where a specific rule exists inside the ...


Thank you DoubleAA for commenting with the relevant essay, I'll just summarize. To sum up Rabbi Michael Broyde's excellent essay: R' Shlomo Kluger, R' Akiva Eiger -- no, according to the majority medieval opinion that a convert can't financially judge a born-Jew. Rav Elyashiv, R' Hershel Schachter -- no, according to all medieval authorities, as a convert ...

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