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Shabbat Shoftim

Deuteronomy 16:18-21:9
Candle Lighting time 7:33 p.m.
 

In the heat of the American Civil War, one of President Lincoln’s advisors said he was grateful that God was on the side of the Union. Lincoln replied, “Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God’s side, for God is always right.”

 

This week’s Torah portion, Shoftim, reminds us of God’s aspiration for us for we are commanded:  “Justice, justice shall you pursue.” (Dt. 16:20) T I by he commentary below the line in Eitz Hayyim teaches us: “This Parasha is devoted almost entirely to the theme of justice, from the obligations of judges to limitations on the power of kings. The well-being of society depends neither on the goodwill of the ruler nor on the ascendance of the most capable in a competitive environment but on the certainty that the law will treat all like and will protect the most vulnerable against the most powerful. The absolute primacy of justice, a theme that occurs throughout the Torah, receives its greatest emphasis here. It has been said that since the time of Abraham, Justice has spoken with the Hebrew accent.’ (Heine)” [page 1088]   

 

So, let’s ask ourselves as we act upon the important issues of our day, immigration, gun violence, racism and anti-Semitism: Are we on the Lord’s side? Being on His side means that we will reflect His love to the world around us in the way we interact with others. We will forgive, treat others justly, and seek peace. God’s ways are always best.

 

Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Greene

 

Once again were trying to have a minyan Friday night.

 

Not only do we welcome and the Shabbat, we make a minyan possible for friends to say Kaddish in memory of their loved ones.

 

Please help us! If you can, please let me or the office no that we can count on you. Thank you

 

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