20 Jun 2006

[m.; pl. “Dinim”]; strict justice, judgment or, any law; as in “Midat HaDin ; the (Divine) Attribute of Strict Justice; or as in the expression “Yikov HaDin et HaHar,” “Let the Law pierce the mountain (and let “the chips fall as they may”, to mix metaphors);” or as in “Dinei Mamonot BiShelosha,” “Monetary judgments require three Judges;” (Masechet Sanhedrin 1:1) or, finally, as in “Dina DeMalchuta Dina,” (Aramaic) “The Law of the Land is the Law” (which must be observed when it does not conflict directly with the Law of the Torah)