32; Maimonidies, Laws of Witnesses 12:2 (explaining that one may not confess against himself because there is believed to be a possibility that he has lost his mind or become suicidal or sadomasochistic, such that he might admit guilt in order to receive punishment, even though he is not guilty).
Maimonidies, Laws of Witnesses 12:2 (providing this explanation in Ridvaz's commentary); see also Rosenberg & Rosenberg, supra note 153, at 1038 n.
Maimonidies, also known as Rambam, was a preeminent codifier of Jewish law and Jewish Philosopher.
This is a common occurrence in the study of Jewish Law, as Maimonidies, for the sake of brevity, simply presented the actual rules without indicating his underlying reasoning therefore, and commentators are constantly striving to understand the underpinnings of the Maimonidies rulings.
162) Accordingly, Maimonidies ruled that one who is in a position to save another by reporting on a wrongdoer, and refrains from doing so, has violated the prohibition of standing idly by.
ARYEH KAPLAN, MAIMONIDES' PRINCIPLES: THE FUNDAMENTALS OF JEWISH FAITH 69-70, reprinted in THE ARYEH KAPLAN ANTHOLOGY I, (discussing MAIMONIDIES, PIRUSH HAMISHNAYOS SANHEDRIN 11 Yesod 8).
see also MAIMONIDIES, INTRODUCTION TO MISHNA TORAH.
See KAPLAN, supra note 2, at 68-69 (discussing MAIMONIDIES, PIRUSH HAMISHNAYOS SANHEDRIN 11 Yesod 8).