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Parashas Shoftim


Shoftim 4

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1 month ago
Chp. 17 verses 9 - 15: Finishes off the topic of judges and their decisions. The next topic concerns Jewish kingship.

Shoftim 6

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1 month ago
Chp. 18 The command to give the priest 24 special gifts, since they did not receive a portion in the land with the other tribes. They have an obligation to serve God in the place that He would chose.

Shoftim 8

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4 weeks ago
Chp. 19 verses 3 - 15: The laws of the Awrey Miclot, the cities of Refuge, a place where someone who killed another person would run so that the relative of the deceased could not kill him. Once he enters the City of Refuge he is safe from the revenge of the relative. From that city he is taken out an judged by the court and they decide his guilt or innocence.

Shoftim 10

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2 weeks ago
Chp. 20 verses 3 - 9: Preparing for war. Three conditions that exempt a man from going out to battle. Then the fourth, if he is faint of heart. The logic behind these exemptions is perfect! The wisdom of Torah.

Parashas Shoftim


Shoftim 1

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2 months ago
Chp. 16 verses 18 & 19: Introduction to the portion of Shoftim. This portion deals with the necessity to appoint honest judges and policemen in all your municipalities.

Shoftim 2

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2 months ago
Chp. 16 verses 20 - 22: The Torah commands us to appoint righteous judges and that they should pursue justice. Next a warning not to plant an Asherah tree. though it may look like any other tree it is an idol, and a unscrupulous judge is compared to an Asherah tree.

Shoftim 3

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2 months ago
Chp. 17 verses 1 - 8: Begins with a blemished sacrifice. Continues with the penalties for idol worship.

Shoftim 5

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1 month ago
Chp. 17 verses 15 - 20: The continuation of the laws concerning a King of Israel. An emphasis on his responsibility to lead the nation on both a secular and spiritual level. He must be humble!

Shoftim 7

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1 month ago
Chp. 18 verses 14 - 22: The end of this chapter deals with the laws of Divination and prophecy. Chp. 19 verses 1 & 2 : Introduce the laws of the Cities of Refuge.

Shoftim 9

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3 weeks ago

Shoftim 11

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1 week ago
Chp. 20 verses 10 - 20: Continues with the laws of war and besieging a city. Chp. 21 verses 1 - 9: Deals with the law of a dead body found in a field. The ritual of the Eglah Arufah, the calf whose neck we break as a sign that after a war we view a human life as something sacred.

Parashas Shoftim (2004 - 2007)


Shoftim 1a

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9 years ago
Chp. 16 verse 18 - Chp. 17 verse 14: Introduction, the command to appoint judges that would adjudicate the law to the letter. The prohibitions of planting an Asherah tree and constructing an alter made up of one stone. Chp. 17, discusses the laws of idolatry and the necessity of at least two witnesses to execute the guilty party. The command to take any religious question to the rabbinic authority of your time and to abide by their decision.

Shoftim 1b

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9 years ago
Chp. 17 verse 14 - Chp. 18 verse 22: Discusses the laws of a king. Chp. 18, begins with the statement that neither the Cohen nor the Levite would have a portion in the land. It goes on to specify some of the gifts which would be given to the Cohamim. That any Cohen that comes to the Sanctuary would be allowed to serve and share in the priestly portion. The Torah forbids all forms of superstition. Hashem would provide true prophets from among the people, to lead and instruct them. However, the false prophet was to be punished with death.

Shoftim 2a

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9 years ago
Chp. 19 verse 1 - Chp. 20 verse 9: begins with the laws of the "cities of refuge." The prohibition of moving a boundary marker. The laws of false witnesses called " eiydem zomamin" and their punishment. Chp. 20. The laws of going out to battle, and the promise that you will be successful.

Shoftim 2b

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9 years ago
Chp. 20 verse 10 - Chp. 21 verse 9: Continues with laws of warfare. The command to destroy the seven nations so that you so not learn from their abominations. Chp. 21, the laws of finding a dead body in the field between two cities, known as the "eglah arufah."


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