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Shabbat Parashat Shoftim 5777–Paul Magy’s Shabbat Torah Study E-drasha in the D–Our Battle Cry!

This week’s Parasha, like many, brings modern insights out of ancient rituals. When Israelites were going to war, a Kohen would say to the troops: Shema Yisrael! (“Hear O Israel”) You are about to join battle with your enemy. Let … Continue reading

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Shabbat Parashat Shoftim 5776–Torah Study at Adat Shalom–When Does the End Justify the Means?

This week’s Parasha contains a very popular phrase, possibly the next most popular mantra of the Jewish people (after the Shmah Yisrael) , especially in our day. “Tzedek tzedek tirdof….” (Devarim 16:20). Some translate it as “Justice, justice shall you … Continue reading

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Parshat Shoftim 5775–Shabbat Torah Study at Adat Shalom—-What Kind of Judge Are You?

This week’s Parasha, Shoftim, begins with a discussion of the importance of justice, judges and their behavior. The Torah states that Judges shall be appointed “b’chol sha’arecha” which the Eitz Chayim (and most chumashim) translates as “in all your cities … Continue reading

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Parshat Shoftim 5774–Shabbat Torah Study at Adat Shalom Synagogue–Rabbi Rachel Shere–What kind of Judge are you?

Shoftim means “Judges” and it was a great gift to society and civilization that a system of courts with rules of evidence was given in the Torah. To be effective, the people must have confidence in the courts and in … Continue reading

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Shabbat Shoftim 5772–Torah Study Group Recommences at Adat Shalom–When Does the End Justify the Means?

This week’s Parasha contains a very popular phrase, possibly the next most popular mantra of the Jewish people (after the Shmah Yisrael) , especially in our day. “Tzedek tzedek tirdof….” (Devarim 16:20). Some translate it as “Justice, justice shall you … Continue reading

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