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Friday, April 3, 2020

Rosner’s Torah Talk: Parshat Shoftim with Rabbi George Gittleman

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Our guest this week is rabbi George Gittleman, from congregation Shomrei Torah in Santa Rosa, California. In 1991 Gittleman embarked on his rabbinical journey after 8 years in computer sales, obtaining a Masters in Hebrew Letters and Ordination from the Reform Seminary, Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion in 1996. Rabbi George is also a Senior Rabbinic Fellow at the prestigious Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, and a graduate of the Rabbinic Leadership Program of The Institute for Jewish Spirituality.

This week’s Torah Portion – Parashat Shoftim (Deuteronomy 16:18-21:9) – begins with instructions concerning the appointment of Judges and law enforcement officers. Moses commands the people of Israel to pursue Justice and to avoid corruption and favouritism. The portion also includes prohibitions of sorcery and Idolatry; rules concerning the appointment and the behaviour of Kings; and many laws of war, including the demand to offer terms of peace before going out to war.

 

 

Previous Torah Talks on Shoftim

Rabbi Elaine Zecher

Rabbi Rachel Kahn Troster

Rabbi Joshua Hammerman

Rabbi Jeffrey Kamins

Rabbi Lester Bronstein

Rabbi Howard Voss-Altman

Shmuel Rosner’s book, #IsraeliJudaism, Portrait of a Cultural Revolution, is now available in English. The Jewish Review of Books called it “important, accessible new study”. Haaretz called it “impressively broad survey”. Order it here: amzn.to/2lDntvh

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