This week’s parsha begins with Moshe giving over his last speech to the Jewish people before he is about to die and they are about to enter Eretz Yisrael. As part of this speech Moshe gives over to Bnei Yisrael a repetition of the Torah which is why our sages call this book of the Torah Mishneh Torah (lit. repetition of the Torah)
Early on in this speech, Moshe speaks of when he had appointed judges over the Jewish people (Devarim 1:16-17). Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, in his weekly D’var Torah, feels that mentioning the importance of appointing judges so early on in his review of the Torah, shows the priority we need to have of pursuing justice.
This Motzei Shabbat (Saturday night) we will observe the fast of Tishabav. According to the Talmud the reason why the second Beit Hamikdash (holy Temple) was destroyed because of baseless hatred. Therefore, it is a strong love for each other (baseless love) that all Jews need to have for each other. Whether we focus on justice (Tzeddakh) or Chesed (acts of kindness.
May this Tishabav be the last one and may Moshiach come soon,