Tag Archives: justice

Shoftim (Deut. 16:18 – 21:9)

A community needs a legal system with an agreed-upon framework of courts, judges, magistrates, laws, and a means of changing laws.  Is justice a necessary consequence of obeying the law?  Of course not. Recognition that obedience leads to injustice is … Continue reading

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Mishpatim (Exodus 21:1-24:8), Shabbat Shekalim (Exodus 30:11-16)

I was going to give you a discourse about the roles of law in society, the tension between law and justice, laws as living things that are allowed to wither away – even without formal repeal – as society finds … Continue reading

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Shoftim (Deut. 16:18 – 21:9)

Yes, I saw the solar eclipse on Monday.  I got a pair of ISO certified 12312-2:2015 cardboard-framed glasses at the local library and spent a couple hours lying on the grass, alternating between staring upwards and reading my magazine.  The … Continue reading

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Shoftim (Deut. 16:18 – 21:9)

Right now, BBC America is running a Star Trek marathon, all the episodes of the first two seasons, uncut, in order of air date, in honor of the television show’s 50th anniversary.  I remember watching those early episodes, often while … Continue reading

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Vayetze (Gen. 28:10-32:3)

This week, in Parashat Vayetze:  A ladder to heaven, a meeting at a well, a devious uncle, two wives, two concubines, 11 sons, and a daughter.  A 20-year rags to riches story.  Jacob grows up, and what goes around, comes … Continue reading

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Shoftim (Deut. 16:18 – 21:9)

This week’s Torah portion, Shoftim, is about justice and setting up a legal system by which to obtain it.  Almost immediately, we read, tzedek tzedek tirdof l’maan tichyeh – justice, justice pursue, that you may live (Deut. 16:20).  While there … Continue reading

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Ki Tissa (Ex. 30:11 – 34:35)

It’s March.  It still feels like February. I think I’m losing it.  A few days ago, during a brief discussion about how the chorus sometimes gets into a piece very quickly while it takes us a while to warm up … Continue reading

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