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Shoftim 5771
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Shoftim – 3 September 2011 – 4 Elul 5771 This summer, we’ve seen riots on the streets of London and Manchester on the one hand, Tripoli on the other. On the face of it there was nothing in common between them. In London the rioters were holding rocks. In Tripoli they were holding machine guns. […]
The Great Sanhedrin as a National Body
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According to the Torah they shall teach you and the judgment they shall tell you, you shall act. You shall not deviate from the thing that they tell you to the right or left. (Devarim 17:11) 1. The Great Sanhedrin as the guardian of the law In Parshat Shoftim, the Torah legislates a system of […]
Parshat Shoftim: Tips are Bribes
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“Do not pervert judgment. Do not show favoritism. And do not accept a bribe – for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and perverts the words of the righteous.” (Devarim 16:19) Moshe instructs the nation to appoint judges. He instructs these judges to be equitable. They must not show any favoritism. Moshe warns […]
Parshat Shoftim: Laws of the Courts
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“The hand of the witness shall be against his first to put him to death, and only afterwards the hand of the other people. And you should destroy the evil from your midst.” (Devarim 17:7) The Torah is not only a code of ritual law. It also includes an elaborate system of civil ordinances. The […]
Haftarah for Ki Savo
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Isaiah tells Jerusalem to arise, for their light has come. Darkness will cover the Earth, but they alone will have light. The other nations will follow their light to G-d. Isaiah says to look around and see the crowds who have gathered – either referring to the people of other nation from the previous verse […]
Haftarah for Ki Seitzei
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Isaiah compares Jerusalem to a barren woman, but he tells her to rejoice because the barren one has more children than the fertile one (referring to other nations that were not overrun). Jerusalem is told to make room for all her children, who are coming. They will spread out east and west, taking back other […]