Parsha Shoftim discusses the four institutions of communal leadership: judge, king, priest and prophet. In this podcast, Rabbi Schweiger examines the first and uses it as a springboard to discuss the question of Rabbinic authority. What powers does the Sanhedrin (High Court) have and why? Rabbi Schweiger explores a variety of sources, ranging from early rabbinic through medieval commentaries, and see how they struggled with the questions of blind obedience, commitment to truth and communal unity.
This podcast has been sponsored by Rabbi Hayim Herring and Terri Krivosha in honor of our parents: Jack and Roberta Herring, and Judge Norman and Helene Krivosha.
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Rabbi Meir Schweiger – Faculty Host
Larry Kluger – Creative Consultant
Arlene Harel – Production Coordinator
Adam Titcher – Executive Producer