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PARSHA POSTS: SHOFETIM
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Michael S. Diamond
Aug 23, 2018, 8:29 AM
The Body in Question: Parshat Shoftim
It wasn’t supposed to happen. A dead body. That phase of existence had long since passed with the advent of The Redemption. Or at least that’s what Ram Nissan thought. But there it was, splayed out on the ground...
Aug 18, 2018, 9:58 PM
‘In the Land of Israel there are no privately owned lands belonging to goyim’
This was a sticker we found this week when we arrived at a temporarily abandoned outpost of the "hilltop youth." (Yes, the same hilltop youth who injured me and others in April 2017.) "Maoz Esther" is adjacent to Kokhav...
Aug 17, 2018, 7:59 PM
Are you better off today than you were last year? Are you safer, more prosperous, happier? Whether you answer based upon clear metrics or gut feelings, such questions tend to focus upon results. Result-oriented thinking surfaces in a curious passage...
Aug 17, 2018, 7:40 AM
Judge, priest, prophet, and king
Even Moses was replaceable, but it took 4 different models of leadership to cover his job
Aug 16, 2018, 5:53 PM
To lead is to serve
The Torah is a sustained exploration of the extent to which a society can be organised not on the basis of power (Shoftim)
Aug 16, 2018, 9:23 AM
‘Chaingate’ Parashat Shofetim 5778
Do you remember the “Deflategate” controversy, when the New England Patriots legendary quarterback Tom Brady was accused of deliberately deflating footballs to help his performance in a playoff game played in the freezing cold? Now imagine a new controversy,...
Nathan Lopes Cardozo
Aug 15, 2018, 6:51 PM
Parashat Shoftim: Surround Yourself with Cleanliness
כי תצור אל עיר ימים רבים להלחם עליה לתפשה לא תשחית את עצה לנדח עליו גרזן כי ממנו תאכל ואתו לא תכרת כי האדם עץ השדה לבא מפניך במצור When you besiege a city for many days to wage...
Aug 15, 2018, 7:53 AM
Parshat Shoftim: A Political Imperative for Liberal Jews
Elul, the Jewish month leading up to Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, is a time of reflection, soul-searching, and repentance. Even before we reach the holy days designated for new beginnings and atonement, Jews prepare to undertake tshuva, asking...
Sharona Margolin Halickman
Aug 14, 2018, 8:03 PM
What is the big deal about moving boundaries?
In Parshat Shoftim (Dvarim 19:14) we read: “Do not move a boundary of your neighbor, which the early ones marked out in your inheritance, which you shall inherit in the Land that HaShem, your God gives you to possess...
Aug 14, 2018, 8:01 PM
Parashat Shoftim: The King-maker
This week's parashah includes, among a number of laws regarding the institutions of statehood, the Law of the King (Dvarim 17: 14-20). It is set out in the pattern of casuistic laws, with the circumstances listed first, then the...