Parsha Shoftim and Democratic Convention

The Democratic National Convention and this week’s Parsha, Shoftim, couldn’t have been more perfectly timed. It also coincides with Rosh Chodesh Elul, the month of thoughtful and loving preparation for the new year.

I have found the virtual Democratic Convention to be a source of comfort and hope. I thought I saw Isaiah there. “How beautiful are the feet of the herald on the mountains, announcing peace, heralding good tidings, announcing salvation, saying to Zion, “Your God has manifested His kingdom.” Isaiah 52:7

The Parsha this week is about imagining and creating a just, compassionate and orderly society. Tzedek, Tzedek Tirdof. “Justice, Justice you shall pursue.” Isn’t this the message of the speakers this week? Our hearts have been touched by the stories we are hearing and the insights into the struggles and resilience of our leaders and average citizens.

This week we are also absorbing the meaning of the surprise news of the Agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates. While it is not yet clear how this will impact on the future of the Palestinian people, it is clearly a significant step and a needed positive relationship with the larger Arab world.

Finally, the news that our outcries concerning the defunding of the Postal Service have been heard and the delivery of mail and, also mail in ballots, will not be jeopardized. Clearly, when we shout out loud enough for justice, we see the results. Tzedek Tzedek TIrdof.  Chodesh Tov,  Reb David

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