Parashat Shoftim

Doing God’s Work

Ensuring justice is the means to cast out idol worship and ensure God's presence resides among the people.

“Grow, Grow”

Why the Torah equates human life with the life of a tree.

Challah for Parashat Shoftim

The John Doe challah.

It’s Not Fair

Shoftim: A resource for families.

Humanity in Wartime

War and peace — and the difficulties with both — are the subjects of Parashat Shoftim.

Parashat Shoftim Quiz

Learn more about the weekly Torah portion.

The Torah and Capital Punishment

Is there ever justice in the death penalty?

Haftarah for Parashat Shoftim: Summary

Through Isaiah, God extends a note of condolence.

Separation of Powers

The Torah provides a model for separating religious, judicial, and governing bodies -- to keep power in check.

Wasteful Destruction

Judaism possesses the values on which an ecological morality may be grounded.