Shabbat Shalom! – Shoftim

This week’s Torah portion is Shoftim [Judges.] It is a fascinating portion because it describes an entire idealized societal structure for the Israelites. It also contains the oft-quoted line, “Tzedek, tzedek, tirdof” [Justice, Justice you must pursue.”]

Divrei Torah on Parashat Shoftim:

The Problem of Prayer by Rabbi Amy Scheinerman

Major Injustices and Minor Slights by Rabbi Kari Tuling, PhD

Justice, Justice Shall You Pursue by Hannah Perlberger

Kingly Indulgence by Benjamin Elterman

Righteous Justice by Anita Silvert

Don’t Judge Others, Begin with Yourself by Rabbi Andy Gordon

Different Visions of Divine Reflect Truest Self-Image by Rabbi Mychal Copeland

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Rabbi Ruth Adar is a teaching rabbi in San Leandro, CA. She has many hats: rabbi, granny, and ham radio operator K6RAV. She blogs at and teaches at Jewish Gateways in Albany, CA.

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