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Torah Talk for Parashat Shoftim

September 6, 2016 by Sharon Freundel (Community)

In this parasha, Moshe reviews the justice system for the Bnei Yisrael. Moshe talks about the limits future kings should have on their possessions and explains that the Kohanim [priests] and Levi’im [Levites] should not be paid and should survive on donations from the people. Finally, Moshe explains the laws of warfare.

The system of checks and balances that is familiar to us today in many areas of government and jurisprudence originated with the ancient Israelites. Read more >