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Study Guide Sanhedrin 24

Various drashot are brought (mainly from verses of Zecharia) which show the difference between the scholars in Israel and those in Babylonia.  It seems to be a self-critique of the Babylonians of what goes on in their batei midrash.  If one accepts one witness to testify or a relative of the other side to be a witness or judge or for the other to swear in a lesser type of swearing than the one required by the court, can that person changed his/her mind?  Does this apply in all cases or only in some types?  Is this relevant before the court rules or even after?  Who is disqualified from being a witness?  Why is someone who gambled not allowed to testify – is it because of asmachta or because he doesn’t have a real job which makes him suspect he will take money to testify falsely.

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