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Shabbat Shofetim (Deut. 16:18-21:9)

http://www.jtsa.edu/PreBuilt/ParashahArchives/jpstext/shoftim.shtml

Parsha Shoftim deals a lot with the idea of equity, fairness, equality, and keeping Israelite society on an equal footing. It talks about how a king (should the Israelites choose one in the future) should behave and be guided; how to set up a court of law; how to deal with unsolved murders (this was before the days of “CSI: Jerusalem”); and more.

Most notable in this portion is the phrase “Tzedek, tzekek tirdof” (Justice, Justice shall you pursue – 16:20). To understand that comment in context, the full phrase is:

16:18 You shall appoint magistrates and officials for your tribes, in all the settlements that the Lord your God is giving you, and they shall govern the people with due justice. 19 You shall not judge unfairly: you shall show no partiality; you shall not take bribes, for bribes blind the eyes of the discerning and upset the plea of the just. 20 Justice, justice shall you pursue, that you may thrive and occupy the land that the Lord your God is giving you.

SO… limited only by your creativity and the category of food assigned, please bring a “judged food”.

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