Torah Commentary

Torah Commentary

Justice, Justice You Shall Pursue

In this week's Torah portion, Shof'tim, we find one of the most powerful verses in all Jewish text. Tzedek, tzedek, tirdof - Justice, justice you shall pursue.

Social Justice in My Bones

This week’s parashah deals with all forms of justice: establishment of courts, rules for bearing witness, laws of military engagement, and treatment of captives. Its most quoted line, particularly in the Reform Movement, is Deut. 16:20 - “Tzedek, Tzedek tirdof” (Justice, Justice shall you pursue).

What the Torah Teaches about the Use (and Abuse) of Political Power

“Justice, justice shall you pursue…” (Deut. 16:20) We find this famous biblical aspiration at the beginning of this week’s Torah portion, Parashat Shof’tim, which continues Moses’ elaboration of the extensive set of laws that the Israelites are to follow, if they are to create a holy and just society.