Monday, January 4, 2010

Qualifications for judges


"One may not place anyone on the Sanhedrin unless he is a person of wisdom, a good appearance, a person of physical stature, a person of age, a person knowledgeable in sorcery, and a person who knows seventy languages, so that the Sanhedrin will not need to hear testimony via an interpreter."

(Talmud, Menachot 65a)

Have a great day,


  1. Does it mean he has to be able to recognize sorcery or actually know how to do it (whatever it is)?

  2. As I understand it, he needs to be able to do more than recognize it. He needs to be proficient enough to be able to adjudicate a case about it.