PARSHAH PICKS: Greatness is Humility (Shoftim)
Elul 4, 5772 · August 22, 2012
General Overview:

This week's reading, Shoftim, addresses fundamental issues pertaining to the leadership of the Jewish people. It begins with a discussion regarding judges, and later discusses the concept of the kings, prophets, and the kohanim (priests). Many commandments are introduced in this weeks reading, including: appointing judges, the obligation to follow Rabbinic Law and the words of the prophets, the obligations of a king, the punishment for perjury, laws of war, and the procedure for dealing with unsolved murders.

This Week's Features Printable Parshah Magazine
By Rabbi Jonathan Sacks
Deuteronomy 16:18–21:9
"Justice"—the very concept is said to be a Jewish contribution to the world. A glance at this week's Parshah (equality before the law, due process, protection of criminals from vigilante vengeance, curbs on the behavior of kings, rules and ethics in warfare . . . ) shows why.

Simply put—you want to fix what you broke? The first step is to get "tamim." But what does "tamim" mean?

By Baruch Epstein
He was standing at the entrance of the strip mall, his front and back covered by identical, cumbersome cardboard signs. He was still there a few hours later when I returned from the synagogue . . .

By Naftali Silberberg
Just because you decided against leaving your footprints in the sands of time, that's no excuse for knocking other people off their feet.

By Levi Avtzon
Practical Parshah - Shoftim
The Torah gives the Sages the power to enact new laws and observances. We look at the "rabbinical holidays" of Chanukah and Purim.

By Mendel Kaplan
Watch Watch (1:19:58)
Parshah Shoftim
"By the mouth of two witnesses, or three witnesses, shall the one liable to death be put to death; he shall not be put to death by the mouth of one witness." (Deut. 17:6) What does it mean that the Jewish people are "witnesses" to the truth of G-d's existence?

By Moshe New
Watch Watch (47:40)
A Taste of Text—Shoftim
There is always some explanation, some justification, some perspective for another's behavior. If you cannot see it, you are not fit to be a judge.

By Chana Weisberg
Watch Watch (17:56)
In this week's Torah portion we are commanded to use witnesses to establish the law. There are two types of witnesses; ones that observe and later clarify an event, and ones that are integral to actually establishing and creating the event.

By Moshe New
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A five minute weekly Torah insight based on the wellsprings of Torah and Chassidut.

By J. Immanuel Schochet
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