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Crime Doesn't Pay

A Jew committed a serious crime and it looked like he was going to be sentenced to 20 years in jail. His lawyer told him that if he tells the judge how his father abused him as a child it will likely shorten the sentence. Is it permitted?

Rav Yitzchak Zilberstein [Rav Elyashiv's son-in-law and Rav of Ramat Elchanan in Bnei Brak] answered that it is STRICTLY FORBIDDEN. The Torah says "Arur makle aviv vĂ­mo" - Accursed is one who degrades his father or mother [Dvarim 27/16]. Even though it would mean sitting in jail if one refrains from doing so.

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  • I'm Rabbi Ally Ehrman
  • From Old City Jerusalem, Israel
  • I am a Rebbe in Yeshivat Netiv Aryeh.
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