Rabbi Marcus – Shoftim

The name ‘Shoftim’ — meaning judges is taken from the opening word of this week’s Sidra. As our ancestors were about to enter the land of Israel, Moshe instructed them to establish a system of courts and judges so that justice would prevail in the land. The obvious prohibition of bribery is stressed so that justice would be administered fairly and honestly.

The Sidra contains further instruction from Moshe regarding the prohibition of idolatry, the laws regarding a Jewish king, the place of the Navi- Prophet, the responsibilities of the Cohanim, laws concerning crime, warfare and finally laws regarding unsolved murders.

Comment on this article

Latest from the blog

Ulpan

NEED A REAL PUSH TOWARDS FLUENCY IN HEBREW? JOIN OUR SUMMER ULPAN INTENSIVE EVENING SUMMER COURSE   Price : £342 Teacher : Nitza Spiro Early Bird Offer for…

An afternoon at Leighton House – 6th June

An afternoon at Leighton House Wednesday 6 June 2018, 2:45 pm Join members and friends of Central Synagogue for a relaxed afternoon outing followed by tea at a…

Photograph of Barry Marcus - Rabbi VideoRabbi Marcus – Naso

Naso contains a variety of seemingly unrelated subjects. The Sidra informs us of the various tasks of the Levites; the sanctity of marriage, the laws pertaining to a…

Read more from the blog