I heard about a source (pretty sure it’s in the Chumash but I don’t remember) regarding a situation where two people had an argument and could not conclude on the Halacha. They then went to their Rabbi to get the verdict but the wording of the verse says it in the singular to show that only one of them actually went to the Rabbi. The commentaries from here leaned that this is the proper way to act when having an argument for the sake of Heaven - two people argue but only one person asks the teacher, as it proves that they are not looking to argue more rather just want to get to the truth and therefore doesn’t matter which one of them went to ask for the Halacha

If anyone knows the source and commentators that say this I would appreciate it

  • The verse said that “veyavo” and he came, which indicates of the two people arguing only one person came to ask Moshe what the Halacha was. Meaning we learn that if 2 people have a machloket, if their really arguing le Shem shamayim, only one of them will ask their Rabbi instead of both of them going Commented Jul 11 at 4:19
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    Thanks @RabbiKaii I’ve revised the question based on your feedback, I hope it’s more clear now Commented Jul 11 at 14:23
  • but isn't a judge forbidden from hearing a case without the litigants? Commented Jul 11 at 15:48
  • It wasn’t a case needing judgement, just to establish the Halacha I.e if this food kosher Commented Jul 11 at 17:14
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    Never heard that before. Sounds wrong.
    – N.T.
    Commented Jul 11 at 19:03


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