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Shoftim (Deut. 16:18 – 21:9)

[I am getting over a GI bug, so the nuts-and-bolts description of what is in Shoftim, from “In verse 16:20” through “haughty heart” is mainly lifted from last year.  The rest is current.] The Israelites are progressing toward a fair … Continue reading

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Mishpatim (Exodus 21:1-24:8)

This past week, I saw my second Ruth Bader Ginsburg movie, the first being the documentary “RBG.” I wondered whether “On the Basis of Sex” would be redundant or overly Hollywood-ized.  It wasn’t.  Besides being awed again at her ability … 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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Mishpatim (Exodus 21:1-24:8), Shabbat Shekalim (Exodus 30:11-16)

Chaos.  Law.  Orders coming down from above, some incomprehensible.  And what will we do with the resident aliens in our midst?  I refer, of course, to this week’s Torah portion, Mishpatim (statutes). First:  Shabbat Shekalim is the first of four … 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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Mishpatim (Exodus 21:1-24:8)

Chaos and legal systems are intimately linked, and not (just) because the latter are designed to eliminate the former. This week, after three humdinger, action-filled portions, our Torah reading is about the foundations of the society the Israelites are in … Continue reading

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