Shoftim 5781 – Access to the Law

Posted by Alex Israel on August 8, 2021
Topics: Torah, Pardes from Jerusalem, Shoftim, Devarim (Deuteronomy)

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Shoftim 5781 – Access to the Law

This week we hear about the mandate to appoint magistrates and police “in all your gates”. Why does the Law need to be local? Why does the Torah want every person to have access to courts of Justice? And yet, our parasha also legislates the Supreme Court which sits at a remove from the common people, in the Temple compound. What is the contrast between these two different courts?

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Alex teaches Bible at Pardes and is the Director of the Community Education Program and the Summer Program. Alex was born and raised in London. He holds degrees from London School of Economics, the Institute of Education London and Bar-Ilan University. Alex studied at Yeshivat Har Etzion under Rav Aharon Lichtenstein and Rav Yehudah Amital, and gained Rabbinic ordination from the Israeli Rabbinate. Click here to read more. You can find books written by Alex by clicking here

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