As she was being brought out, she sent this message to her father-in-law, “I am with child by the man to whom these belong.” And she added, “Examine these: whose seal and cord and staff are these?”
All the important people of the generation were present at Tamar’s trial including Yehudah’s father, Yaakov, and his grandfather, Yitzchak.
Yehuda was the presiding judge.
The pregnant Tamar only displayed the items that Yehuda left with her at the very last moment because Satan caused her to forget where they were. This was in order that she be killed thereby preventing the Messianic dynasty from coming into the world. Only after begging Hashem for help, did she remember where she hid them.
From the fact that Tamar didn't publicly reveal that Yehudah was the father of her child as she was being taken to be killed by burning, the sages teach that it is better to be thrown into a fiery furnace, than to embarrass someone.
(Midrash, Berachot 43b, Sotah 10b, Rashi, The book of our Heritage p 824, )
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