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Weekly Message 08.21.2020 Parashat Shoftim

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

Haftorah - Isaiah 51:12 -52:12

Dear friends,

As we are in the midst of a heated political season in between the presidential nominating conventions, this week's Torah portion is particularly applicable.

Parashat Shoftim (judges) is all about handing down laws to ensure that society is governed fairly.

These principles form the basis of our constitution and those of most western nations. Beginning with the first famous phrase (justice, justice, shall you pursue), the Torah mandates us to “govern the people with due justice, mishpat-tzedek”, specifically not to take bribes or show partiality (and generally to establish a fair system of justice.

I will look forward to elaborating on this theme at this evening's Shabbat service beginning at 7:30 pm at the JCC and Zoomed live to your homes. To gain Zoom access, simply follow these login instructions:

JCC is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Shabbat Services

Time: Aug 21, 2020 07:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Looking forward to seeing you tonight on Zoom or in person and wishing you all a good and happy/healthy Shabbat!

Ron Becker,

Spiritual Leader

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