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Law and Order

Parashat Shoftim (Deuteronomy 16:18-21:9)

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/torah_portion/article/law_and_order_20010824

"Judges and officers shall you appoint in all of your cities." This divine commandment to establish a judicial system serves as the basis of all Western law; a fair system affording protection to each of its citizens and guests. Though this is a communal responsibility, it is stated in the singular, lecha. Why? Why is God talking to each of us as individuals? What message lies in this portion dealing with judges for us, the non-judge community? Society needs to feel there is an operative judicial system. Community, as we know it, can only run when there is a feeling of justice.

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