Shoftim

Burnin’ cows!

The start of perek 21 (1-9) is devoted to an ostensibly odd topic, known as the eglah arufah. Briefly, if a corpse is found between two cities and the murderer is unknown, then there is an entire ceremony involving offering a cow in the valley between the cities, with a…

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Robbin reliance

In our parsha we are commanded (18:13) ‘be complete (tamim) with HaShem, your God.’ What does this mean and involve? Rashi writes that we are not to go looking into what the future will hold - just accept everything with full trust and faith in HaShem; He takes care of…

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Shoftim

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Don't be so naive!!!

The posuk states "Tamim Tihiyeh Im Hashem Elokecha"(Devarim 18:13)
There is a famous story told about The Chofetz Chaim
A few boys from the Yeshiva came to complain to the Chofetz Chaim. They had given someone money in a business venture and the man cheated them and stole all their…

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Righteousness Righteousness you shall pursue!!

The pasuk in Parshas shoftim states: "Righteousness, righteousness you shall pursue so that you will live and take possession of the land that Hashem, your G-d, gives you." Why does it need to say righteousness twice?? We see often in the torah that words are used to emphasise a point…

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Bitachon under the microscope

Towards the end of our sedra we are given the ‘rules of engagement’ - laws of conduct in war. Before we go to war, the ‘anointed kohen’ speaks to the people, delineating the various groups people who should return home from the battlefront. These include anyone who has built a…

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times to be shoftim, times to be shotrim

The sedra opens with the command to appoint shoftim and shotrim in our cities. What are these two positions? Rashi explains that shoftim are the judges who decide what the outcome of a case is. Shotrim, Rashi says, are the court officers who make sure that the verdict is carried…

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Shaking ourselves off from the dust (short vort)

This week's haftara includes the line in 'lecha dodi' "hisne'ari me'afar kumi" - shake yourselves off and get up from the dust. The Vilna Ga'on explains that the explanation is not 'get up and shake the dust from yourselves,' but rather 'get up from the dust that you are.' The…

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