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.

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?

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.

We Are All Judges

In the contemporary Jewish community, judging goes beyond adjudicating.

Engage All Texts

At a time when Jewish influence has increased, how do we approach unethical commandments?

Never Return to Egypt

Resisting the temptation to return, geographically or psychologically, to the site of our bondage.