For Parsha Shoftim
Justice, justice you shall pursue…
In trials, tribulations, whom to turn to?
How can a human judge discern any matter?
By walking in G-d’s ways and all the evidence gather!
As an instrument of the L-rd, finely-tuned,
Interpret the law, apply it, for lives not to be ruined.
Examine witness after witness, all a mission;
Soul and conscience seek the truth with healing vision.
Give the priests their due, as rites and rituals
Accompany our journey through life and its sequels.
A human king, humble before G-d’s and his people’s demands;
Two Torah scrolls, he writes, to know before whom he stands
The true prophet speaks only that which G-d does transmit..
If only, all would listen and, thus, our lives submit.