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This Shabbat we will read the first Torah portion from the book of Deuteronomy – D’varim.
In this Torah portion appears the following verse:
לֹא-תַכִּירוּ פָנִים בַּמִּשְׁפָּט, כַּקָּטֹן כַּגָּדֹל תִּשְׁמָעוּן
Ye shall not respect persons in judgment; ye shall hear the
small and the great alike… (Deut 1:17).
The root of the word תַכִּירוּ is נכר
It is interesting to point out that in Hebrew the same root may have two opposite meanings.
In this case:
1. Close relationship
- הכרה – acquaintance, friendship
מכר – acquaintance
- נכרי – stranger
How then, can one understand the real meaning of the above verse?
Indeed, the Talmud does mention two aspects of justice – משפט
and the judges must adhere to the following guidelines:
1. לֹא תַּכִּירוּ – Do not prefer the one that you are acquainted with.
2. אַל תתנכרו – Do not push away (don’t act as a stranger) – do not discriminate the one, you are not acquainted with.
The bottom line for the judges is not to apply any type of discrimination, neither positive nor negative.
Wishing you a wonderful Shabbat,
and speaking a lot of Hebrew!
Yoel & Orly