CHASSIDISHE STORY ON THE PARSHA
לא תגורו מפני איש כי המשפט לאלקים הוא (דברים א:יז)You shall not tremble before any man, for the judgment is Hashem’s.
There was a Dayan in Lemberg (Levov) whom people accused for accepting שוחד – bribery and ruling falsely during Din Torahs. That Dayan was once davening in the home of the Lemberger Rav, Harav Reb Yaakov Ornstein zt’’l. The Lemberger Rav noticed that the dayan pronounced the word “אחד” from קריאת שמע for an extended time. The Rav asked the dayan why he did so, but the dayan didn’t answer.
The Lemberger Rav explained why: “It says, ‘כל דיין שדן דין אמת לאמיתו, כאלו נעשה שותף להקב”ה במעשה בראשית’- A dayan that rules Emes – righteously and correctly, becomes a partner with Hashem in the world’s creation.
One who doesn’t accept bribery and rules according to the Torah, by him, Hashem isn’t called “אחד” – one – since they’re considered as partners – the dayan and Hashem. But suppose the dayan does accept bribery and rules falsely. In that case, he can’t be a partner with Hashem, and Hashem is alone – אחד – therefore, you, who accepts שוחד, extends the word ‘אחד’ pronunciation, because you declare that Hashem is one, without a partner!”
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