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Shoftim: (lit. "judges"); (a) Succession of Torah authorities and leaders who ruled Israel from the year 2533 from creation (1228 BCE, 17 years after the death of Joshua) to the anointing of Saul as king in 2882 (879 BCE). (b) A section of the Torah in Deuteronomy. (c) The thirteenth book of Maimonide's Mishne Torah.
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.
Torah Interpretations of the Rebbe
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 confess...
Study some of the highlights of the weekly Torah portion with insights from various commentaries.
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 exist...
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...
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.
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