Parsha Shoftim – “Judges”

It’s pretty amazing how in sync this Parsha, Shoftim, is with what’s going on in our country today. Shoftim means “Judges.” From Deuteronomy 16:18 – 20.

“You shall set up judges and law enforcement officials for yourself in all your cities that the Eternal, your God, is giving you, for your tribes, and they shall judge the people [with] righteous judgment.

You shall not pervert justice; you shall not show favoritism, and you shall not take a bribe, for bribery blinds the eyes of the wise and perverts just words.

Justice, justice shall you pursue, that you may live and possess the land the Eternal, your God, is giving you.”

We appreciate the extraordinary efforts to mete out justice to those who have conspired to destroy our democracy. We are all witnesses to the crimes committed and to the painful and meticulous process in identifying both the evidence and witnesses to the crimes committed. Justice is being pursued with great caution and integrity.

We have become much more aware of how critical an impartial justice system is to our lives and the life of this nation. “Justice justice, you shall pursue so that you may live…”. I feel good about the justices that have been selected to work through these indictments, even those appointed by Republicans. Needless to say, we must do a better job holding Supreme Court justices to these standards. Our Torah implies that judges are partners with the Divine, the Judge of judges. In our teachings, judges are on a higher plane than the kings of Israel.

This Parsha is filled with many important teachings for our times. Try to join us for Shabbes and further discussion.

Welcome to the month of Elul! A practice during this month is to spend a few minutes each day, in judgement of ourselves, Heshbon HaNefesh, reviewing our lives and relationships this past year. In many communities the sound of the shofar can be heard (or imagined) during the weekdays.

L’Shalom, L’Olam Tzedek,  — Reb David

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