Questions tagged [edim-witnesses]

edim, witnesses, those who witness/testify

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Coerced testimony in halacha

My chavrusa and I were going through Sanhedrin (40b) this evening, and the topic of how to get accurate statements from witnesses. Rashi mentioned the concept of moving the witnesses around in order ...
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What is the status of professional video game players?

A friend remarked to me that playing video games professionally today is the equivalent of professional gamblers in the times of the talmud, specifically in that both are not involved in "Yishuvo shel ...
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Can a witness at Kiddushin have had committed inconsequential crimes?

I remember hearing in the name of Rav Moshe Feinstein that a criminal who-- by normal and objective standards-- should be invalidated from testifying can still be considered a Kosher witness if his ...
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Is plea-bargaining allowed in Judaism?

Consider this form of plea-bargaining: "Plead guilty to a lesser crime. In exchange, we won't prosecute you further and you give us information about your bosses and testify against them." This is ...
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10 men for Chazarat Hashats, needs the Chazan himself to count?

A case: I am Chazan and finished the silent Shmona Esre, someone say me to begin the Chazara because there are already 9 who finished their Shmona Esre, but I don't believe him, I want to count by ...
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Loshon Hora: The allowance of B'apei t'lasa (in front of 3)

Although they are governed by very strict limitations, there are numerous 'hetterim' for the prohibition of lashon hora, such as apei t'lasa, l'toieles, etc. The Chofetz Chaim (Klal 2, §3 - see there ...
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Why do קידוש החדש על פי הראייה?

There is a מחלוקת about what the "real" or perhaps more desirable way to do קידוש החדש is. רבינו בחיי quotes from רבינו חננאל that it is best done על פי חשבון. However, the majority of ראשונים ...
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Why doesn't R' Yehuda believe the Eidim Zomemim after the first set?

As I already asked in this answer, based on the Mishna in Makkos 1:5, that Rabbi Yehuda says that only the first set of Eidim Zomemim are put to death. If the same 2 witnesses disqualify further ...
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Does a witness in a criminal case have to “volunteer” information?

I have to admit, that I have never been a witness in a criminal case in U.S. However, I asked a lawyer about the swearing to "tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth." Truth is ...
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Are common half siblings related to each other?

I have 2 half-siblings, one through my father and one through my mother. Are these 2 related to each other in any way according to the Torah (even though they share no common parent)? For example, ...
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Which witness testifies about a blasphemer?

In Rambam Hilchos Avodas Kochavim Perek 2 halacha 8 it says that if someone curses the name of God, the court examines the witnesses as to what they heard. The "great one" (Rambam's words) of all the ...
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Is there a significance to the number of witnesses at Har Sinai?

It is said there were 2-3 million present at Matan Torah. (Not sure what the consensus on the exact number is.) Numbers are important in Judaism. 613 mitzvot. Seven days of creation, gematria, ...
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Loshon Hora: Believing that circumstances permit slander

When the Chofetz Chaim (Klal 2, §3) codifies the allowance to relate slander heard b'apei t'lasa (a statement made in front of three people, which is considered avidi l'geluei and therefore already ...
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Yehoshua & Caleb vs other 10 Meraglim. Why wasn't this “עדי הכחשה” (conflicting witnesses)?

There's a concept in halacha when there are two sets of witnesses who contradict each other, we "throw out" the testimony of both witnesses as they cancel each other out (see Rambam, Hilchos Eidus 18:...