Zakein mamre


The Torah discusses what happens when one does not know the law regarding a certain matter. One must ascend to Yerushalayim and the judges there will decide for him. The Torah ends by stating that one who acts deliberately and defies the judges is put to death. This person is known as a zakein mamre, an elder who rebels. Yet, the Torah is vague about the circumstances. The main theme in this passage is of one who lacks clarity and requires the Sanhedrin HaGadol to make a decision. The zakein mamre appears to be an afterthought. Why is the subject of the zakein mamre mentioned only in passing? I would love to hear an answer to this question that has troubled me for many years. Thanks

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