Table of Contents
- 1 Chapter One: Dinei Mamonos Beshloshah
- 2 Chapter Two: Kohein Gadol
- 3 Chapter Three: Zeh Boreir
- 4 Chapter Four: Echad Dinei Mamonos
- 5 Chapter Five: Hayu Bodkin
- 6 Chapter Six: Nigmar HaDin
- 7 Chapter Seven: Arba Misos
- 8 Chapter Eight: Ben Soreir UMoreh
- 9 Chapter Nine: HaNisrafim
- 10 Chapter Ten: HaNechenakin
- 11 Chapter Eleven: Chelek
Chapter One: Dinei Mamonos Beshloshah
The first chapter of Sanhedrin deals primarily with the requirements and obligations of judges and those laypeople who would serve as judges. It begins by deriving the reasons why courts are composed of three, five, twenty three or seventy one judges, then discusses the authority of lay experts and the exilarch, the obligation to judge, mediation, and the fitness to judge. It introduces the punishment of lashes, describes the exile of the shechina, and presents several laws of the leap year. Several stories are next: of sages who prevented the loss of Torah in Israel are next, of David in Battle, of Eldad and Medad, as well as the rule “no semicha in chutz laaretz.” The chapter ends with the rule that a unanimous verdict is thrown out, and a description of the appointment of officers.
Chapter Two: Kohein Gadol
The second chapter is primarily concerned with the extra-judiciary rights of the king and high priest. It discusses the merits of David, Joseph and Boaz, and then reviews a number of commandments given to the Israelites upon entering Israel. The chapter also discusses yichud, the king’s prohibition against many horses, which glyphs the Torah was given in, and aspects of divorce.
Chapter Three: Zeh Boreir
The third perek begins with the appointment of judges in civil cases. It famously describes Reish Lakish as “Oker Harim” and Rav Meir as “Sinai.” Much of the chapter details those who are disqualified from bearing witness, whether by their improper behaviour or through relation to judges or litigants, and that fines are not adjudicated in Syria.