In All Your Gates

Instructions to appoint judges "for yourselves," in "all your tribes," or, more literally, "in all your gates," opens the Torah portion Shoftim [judges] (Deut 16:18-21:9), and the famous line, “Tzedek, tzedek tirdof… [Justice, justice you shall pursue…],” follows: שֹׁפְטִים וְשֹׁטְרִים, תִּתֶּן-לְךָ בְּכָל-שְׁעָרֶיךָ, אֲשֶׁר יְהוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ נֹתֵן לְךָ, לִשְׁבָטֶיךָ; וְשָׁפְטוּ אֶת-הָעָם, מִשְׁפַּט-צֶדֶק. Judges and officers shalt … Continue reading In All Your Gates

Shoftim: Something to Notice

This portion includes some famous lines, e.g.: "Justice, justice you shall pursue," (Deuteronomy/Devarim 16:20) and "...eye for eye, tooth for tooth,..." (19:21). It also includes less-known teachings that have had long and far-reaching influence on Judaism: --instructions for a king (17:14-20), including proscription of abundant horses and wives and requirement for daily study; --instructions for … Continue reading Shoftim: Something to Notice