Deuteronomy 16:18-21:9


In this Torah portion, Moses reviews the justice system for the Israelites. Moses talks about the limits future kings should have on their possessions. Moses explains that the priests and levites should not be paid and should survive on donations from the people. Finally, Moses explains the laws of warfare.

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Moses reviews the justice system.


Text Studies

Social Action and Environmentalism

Pursuing Justice For All
Rabbi Marc Israel, Hillel

The Death Penalty
Sam Shonkoff, AJWS

To Be Holy For God
Rabbi Jim Simon, Union for Reform Judaism

Separation of Powers
Rabbi James Jacobson-Maisels, AJWS

The Emergence of Environmentalism
Rabbi Neal Loevinger, Kolel

Engage All Texts
Daniel Septimus, AJWS


A Home of Our Own
Rabbi Phil Miller,


Wasteful Destruction
Rabbi Norman Lamm, Canfei Nesharim


From the Denominations

Pluralism and Outreach

Justice, Justice You Shall Pursue
Rabbi Bradley Artson, American Jewish Unversity

Balance of Power
Rabbi Steve Greenberg, CLAL

Never Return to Egypt
Rabbi Matthew Berkowitz, JTS

We Are All Judges
Rabbi Kerry Olitzky, Jewish Outreach Institute

Wary of War
Rabbi Avraham Fischer, Orthodox Union

Justice & Communal Responsibility
Rabbi Yoni Sherizen, UJA-Federation of New York


Humanity in Wartime
Beth Kissileff, Women of Reform Judaism


Interpretive Independence
Rabbi Shimon Felix, Bronfman Youth Fellowships

Parashat Shoftim Quiz
Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies


Parashat Shoftim Challah
Julie Seltzer


Parashat Shoftim for Families
Torah Topics for Families



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