Shof'tim

שֹׁפְטִים
Judges

Deuteronomy 16:18–21:9

When Is Shof'tim Read?

/ 7 Elul 5782
/ 2 Elul 5783
/ 4 Elul 5784

Summary

  • Laws regarding both sacred and secular legislation are addressed. The Israelites are told that in every dealing they should pursue justice in order to merit the land that God is giving them. (16:18–18:8)
  • The people are warned to avoid sorcery and witchcraft, the abhorrent practices of their idolatrous neighbors. (18:9–22)
  • God tells them that should an Israelite unintentionally kill another, he may take sanctuary in any of three designated cities of refuge. (19:1–13)
  • Laws to be followed during times of peace and times of war are set forth. (19:14–21:9)

Ten Minutes of Torah: Shof'tim Commentary

This Week's Torah Portion

Social Justice in My Bones

By: Cantor Evan Kent

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).

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Learn More About Parashat Shoftim With Bim Bam

The Torah tell us "Justice, JUSTICE shall you pursue". To beat us over the head with a point, or to tell us something more? Join Rabbi David Saperstein for a lesson in the rules of just being, and being just. Enjoy this video and more with Bim Bam.

Listen to Podcasts About Parashat Shof'tim

Listen to Rabbi Rick Jacobs discuss Parashat Shoftim in these episodes of his podcast, On the Other Hand: Ten Minutes of Torah.

The Pursuit of Justice

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Rabbi Rick Jacobs