The Second Innocence

By Rabbi Yaakov Nagen Ra’m at Yeshivat Hahesder Otniel Click HERE for the PDF version Thou shalt be innocent with the Lord thy God. (Deut. 18:13) The Hebrew word for “innocent” in the verse above, “tamim,” can also be translated as “naïve” or “guileless,” and...

“Justice, justice shall you pursue”

  This week’s Parsha talks about the way a nation should build a state and governing system; in the Parsha we can see a wide array of subject that touch on the same theme: the appointment of judges and police officers, how to run a court, the king and his...

Monarchy in Israel – 5776

Gabi Raiss Former Shaliach in Cape Town (2001-2002) Currently Tour Guide in The David’s Citadel Museum   Monachy In Israel A Commandment or Supreme Ideal On our week’s parsha we come across a very interesting law: “When thou art come unto the...

Justice, Justice Shall You Pursue

Our Parasha features the laws regarding the arrangement of the Jewish Judicial system; laws such as the requirement to appoint judges and the testimonial laws. The Midrash, on the opening verses of our Parasha, emphasizes that these verses are direct orders from Moshe...

The Essence of Humanity

“When you lay siege to a city for a long time, fighting against it to capture it, do not destroy its trees by putting an ax to them, because you can eat their fruit. Do not cut them down. Are the trees of the field people, that you should besiege them?...