5779 — Shoftim: The Parameters of Rabbinic Authority

Posted by Meir Schweiger on September 1, 2019
Topics: Pardes from Jerusalem, Torah, Devarim (Deuteronomy), Shoftim

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

About Meir Schweiger

Meir teaches Chumash, Parshat HaShavua, Mishna, Talmud, Halakha, Siddur and Interpersonal Relations at Pardes. Meir came on aliya in 1972 from “the Bronx”, NY, immediately after graduating from City College in New York with a B.A. in Mathematics and Physics. He did his advanced Jewish Studies at Yeshiva University, Yeshivat Kerem B’Yavneh and Yeshivat Har Etzion, receiving ordination from Rabbi Zalman Nehemiah Goldberg of Jerusalem. He received his M.Ed in Teaching Bible from the Herzog College in Gush Etzion.Click here to read more.

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