Ashira illustrated this commandment with a bracelet made of plaster, resin and thread revealing the breaks in communication caused by lying.
By Alice Kurs
The truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth so help you G-d.
I am an attorney and I tell this to every witness I meet with in preparation for testimony:
The only rule you have to remember is you must always tell the truth. We have no strategy for what to say, there are no right or wrong answers, there is nothing to hide. We are in the truth business. Without truth, the courtroom cannot function.
Why is it so critical?
Because the stakes are high. We have thousand pound anvils on our shoulders.
A person's liberty and good name are on the line. In order to feel good about the world we live in and are bringing our children into, we need to know that there is a place that is sacred, where disputes among people are resolved, and it is critical that people tell the truth about what they saw or heard. Because the only fair outcome is one that is based on a truthful account of what that witness saw or heard.
Most witnesses are nervous to testify in court. Having had to do it myself a couple of years ago, I now understand why. You want to do a good job. You want to say things in a way that will yield the outcome that you believe is righteous and just. There are external pressures depending on who you are testifying for or against. But a witness is liberated from all those burdens when she tells the truth and does not bear false witness on her neighbor - regardless of who that neighbor might be.
I tell witnesses that as long as you are truthful you have nothing to fear. You can relax and know that you did all you could and let the cards fall where they may.