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Shoftim Videos

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Shoftim Parshah Report
G-fish tries to cheat at board games by pretending to be a prophet (double gulp!)
Your Personal Judge and Police Officer
Something Spiritual on Parshat Shoftim
From Theory to Practice
Growing Weekly: Parshat Shoftim
Guard Your Gates
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Guard Your Gates
Soul Boost for Parshat Shoftim
Not Guilty!
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Not Guilty!
Self-incriminating Admission in Torah
Admission of guilt is tantamount to the testimony of one hundred witnesses. This is true only of monetary obligations. If however, one admitted in a court of law to a transgression that carries a penalty to be applied to the person himself, such a confession is of no consequence. This class will explain the reason for this discrepancy and will explore the layers of the nature of ownership. (Likutei Sichos vol. 34, Sicha 2)
Bearing Witness to G-d - Part I
Parshah Shoftim
"By the mouth of two witnesses, or three witnesses, shall the one liable to death be put to death; he shall not be put to death by the mouth of one witness." (Deut. 17:6) What does it mean that the Jewish people are "witnesses" to the truth of G-d's existence?
Rabbinical Holidays
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Rabbinical Holidays
Practical Parshah - Shoftim
The Torah gives the Sages the power to enact new laws and observances. We look at the "rabbinical holidays" of Chanukah and Purim.
Striving for Solace
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Striving for Solace
Torah Portion of Shoftim
Isaiah's words spur us on to reach the ultimate in Divine comfort.
Settling into a New Year
Letters and Numbers of Torah - Shoftim
The verse (Deut 17:14) "When you settle in the land... and you say, 'Let us appoint a king...'" is the basis for the mitzvah for the Jewish people to appoint a monarch. Why is the Hebrew word for "when you settle" (v'yashavta) written with an extra letter "hei" at the end?
Parsha Gems: Shoftim
Study some of the highlights of the weekly Torah portion with insights from various commentaries.
Parshah Insights: Shoftim
Torah Interpretations of the Rebbe
Parshah Mnemonics: Shoftim
Decoding the hidden messages
The parshah of Shoftim contains 96 verses, and the mnemonic for it is the name Selu. Explore the coded message in this Masoretic note and its connection to the general themes of the Parshah.
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Stick Figure Vignette: Parshat Shoftim
Three little judges deliberate a case.
Is There Self-Expression in Judaism?
We are music conductors performing divine compositions
Torah in Ten: Shoftim
The Month of Elul Is Like a City of Refuge
Something Spiritual on Parshat Shoftim
In addition to providing a safe haven for one that inadvertently kills someone, the city of refuge is an opportunity to repent and make amends.
Why an Unqualified Judge is Like an Idolatrous Tree
Something Spiritual on Parshat Shoftim
“Be Wholehearted with G-d”
The Torah commands us against seeking out diviners, soothsayers and sorcerers. Rather, we should be “Tamim” (wholehearted) with G-d. Exploring the different interpretations of Tamim based on the commentary of Rashi through the prism of the variations in the manuscripts.
Is Your Body Your Property?
An analysis of the legal difference between ownership of property and the proprietary rights one has over one’s own body. We look particularly closely at laws in Maimonides’ Laws of The Sanhedrin. (Based on Likkutei Sichot, vol. 34, p. 106)
Bearing Witness to G-d - Part II
Part II
In Part 1 of this two-part class, we learned about two different categories of witnesses -- witnesses who corroborate the truth and witnesses who actually "make" the truth. In Part 2, we learn how the Jewish people's testimony that G-d exists leads to the Messianic perfection of this world.
Does G-d Help Those Who Help Themselves?
Studying Rashi: Parshat Shoftim
The Torah says (Deut. 18:13) "Be wholehearted with your G-d" in contrast to those who seek fortune tellers and other ways of knowing the future. Rashi explains that G-d doesn't want us to probe the future, but to simply accept whatever comes. But aren't we supposed to be proactive? Doesn't G-d expect us to do our part as well? How is this to be understood?
Prophecy and Prophets
What is the purpose and function of prophecy, and could there be prophets today? Understanding the mitzvah to listen to Torah true prophets and the significance of prophesy.
The Levites Land in the Messianic Era
The Torah mandates that the Levites not inherit a portion in the Land of Israel like the rest of the tribes, for they are to be set apart for the service of G-d and guiding the people spiritually. Will there be a change in the division of land in the times of Moshiach?
The Mitzvah to Appoint Judges
Understanding the Sanhedrin on five levels
Learning the Haftorah: Shoftim, Part 1
The weekly portion from the Prophets
Learning the Haftorah: Shoftim, Part 2
The weekly portion from the Prophets
How and When to Judge Another
A Taste of Text—Shoftim
There is always some explanation, some justification, some perspective for another’s behavior. If you cannot see it, you are not fit to be a judge.
Rabbi Gordon - Shoftim: 1st Portion
Rabbi Gordon - Shoftim: 2nd Portion
Rabbi Gordon - Shoftim: 3rd Portion
Rabbi Gordon - Shoftim: 4th Portion
Rabbi Gordon - Shoftim: 5th Portion
Rabbi Gordon - Shoftim: 6th Portion
Rabbi Gordon - Shoftim: 7th Portion
If Only We Stopped Saying “If Only”
What is the difference between successful people and those that aren’t successful at trying those same things? The name of the month preceding the Jewish New Year contains a clue.
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