Posted by: mosesfromsinai | August 20, 2017

Shofteem – Judges

This week’s Torah Reading is called Shofteem – Judges. We also have entered the special month of Elul, the month before Rosh Hashona, the New Year. We begin to add prayers and also blow the Shofar after the morning prayers. This is a special time to renew our connection to the Al-mighty and to receive a positive judgement for the New Year.

In the Torah Reading we find a very unusual event. It states that if a person hates his neighbor and conceals himself and plots to kill him and indeed does so he will not find salvation in the cities of refuge. Those cities were designated for deaths caused by accident and not premeditation.

We might be tempted to have pity on this person that plotted and actually carried out the murder. We might think and feel that one person has already died isn’t that enough. The Torah is telling us that for this type of person, who plans and carries out an actual murder we are not to have mercy on. This killer has proven he is a danger to society by his behavior.

There are times we have to take a strong stance to protect the quality of life in our society and in our own family. The Torah is telling us that even though compassion is generally a good trait, when it can harm your community or family it must be set aside.

The portion is called Shofteem – Judges and it reminds us in life that we, at times, are all called upon to judge how to respond to various acts.

Let us make the correct decision with Torah as our guide.


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