Parashat Shoftim meaning: Judges, is typically highlighted by the admonition:
Tzedek Tzedek Tirdof-Justice, justice thou shalt pursue. The duplication of the word justice is meant to put an accent on it as is the biblical way. It specifies the sort of justice the judges are commanded to pursue. For example, it should be totally even-handed kind of justice, not influenced by the standing of the man in the society nor by his riches. Conversely, a judge shouldn't be influenced by pity for a litigant because he is poor and has a low standing in the community.
The parasha also warns the judges against the temptation of taking a bribe because the bribe: "doth blind the eyes of the wise, and perverts the words of the righteous".
It is hard not to be astonished by the relevance of this commandment to contemporary life as each new day brings with it the disturbing news of judges, Congressmen, or other people of power and authority being tempted by bribes. Also, it is refreshing and encouraging to see that justice does not distinguish between the rich and the poor, the high heeled and the simple person.
The remainder of the parasha deals with a variety of topics, among them the kind of sacrifices disallowed, the ban on idol worshipping and its punishment, and we find here also the foundation to the Supreme Court of today, one of the three wings which constitutes our democratic government. Additionally, it deals with the Kohanim and the Leviim and their compensation for not receiving their own pieces of land like the rest of the tribes, rules regarding the king if and when there will be one, or the cities of refuge in the Promised Land; all of these topics touching upon important issues relating to life in biblical times, but not today.
The one and only topic Parashat Shoftim presents which is ageless and universal and does have a resounding relevance to contemporary life is found at its very beginning: Tzedek, tzedek tirdof- Justice, justice thou shalt pursue which should constitute the cornerstone of the justice system of any enlightened society, and like many other things in the Torah, it doesn't cease to amaze me how relatively progressive our civilization was in comparison to the other ancient civilization in the area which perhaps can explain that from all of them we are still here.
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Shabbat Services: Shoftim
Friday, August 7th
Saturday, August 8th
9 a.m. Services, Sanctuary
Kiddush Lunch is sponsored by Edith and Marvin Kozlowski in honor of Marvin and Jay's birthdays, the engagement of Rachel Mutchnick to Michael Wassel and the engagment of Anna Kozlowski to Bryan Sofen.
Next Shabbat we will celebrate the bar mitzvah of Adam Gordon. Adam is the son of Karen and Vernon Gordon and brother of Syndney. Adam is also the grandson of Donna and the late Lawrence Sklar and the late Maurice and late Maxine Gordon.
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To Mindy Shuback on the death of her father, Ormond Sacks.
To Bev Avadenka, Beth Avadenka, and the entire Avadenka family on the death of their beloved husband, father and grandfather, Judge Edward Avadenka.
To Cheryl and Phillip Litt on the engagement of their daughter Eden to David Belo, son of Luisa and Pedro Belo of New Jersey.
Community Wide Selichot Service
Saturday Evening, August 31st
"Understanding Loss at the Days of Awe."
Guest speaker: Rabbi Daniel Greyber
9 p.m. Light Refreshments
9:30 p.m. Program
10:30 p.m. Selichot Service led by Hazzan Dan Gross, Marty Liebman and the Adat Shalom Choir.
Sponsored by The Michigan Region of the Rabbinical Assembly, Adat Shalom Synagogue, Congregation Beth Ahm, Congregation Beth Shalom, B'nai Israel Synagogue, Congregation B'nai Moshe, Congregation Shaarey Zedek and Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue.
B'nai Israel Synagogue High Holiday Tickets
Rosh Hashanah Carry-Out, Dish Kosher Cuisine
Lulav and Etrog Sales
Deadline: September 2nd.
Assistance Needed for High Holidays:
Silver polishing and church set up, Please e-mail the synagogue
if you are able to assist with any of these activities.
Upcoming Youth and Family Activities
Supervised Youth Activities, Room 3, lower level
Parent volunteers staff the youth room during the summer months.
To stay current on all youth and family activities, contact Ilana Glazier to join the B'nai Israel Families Facebook Group.
VOICES NEEDED, Youth ages 10+
to accompany our hazzan during Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services.
Learn to Read Hebrew with Michael Wolf
Monday evenings, 7-8:30, July 8th-August 19th
BI/TKA Library Materials Fee: $36.00
Class size is limited. This class is for adults with limited or no Hebrew reading knowledge. Click here for registration form.
Non-members of B'nai Israel are welcome to attend.
Upcoming Community Events
and TKA/BI Joint Opportunities
Panim al Panim
Wednesday, August 14 @ 7:00 PM
The Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue
Panel discussion focusing on Jewish leaders' experiences working in pluralistic spaces and milieus.
Panel Participants: Rabbi Ariana Silverman, Rabbi Jonathan Berger, and Rabbi Seth Winberg (of U-M Hillel). No Charge. No RSVP necessary.
Community Wide Selichot Service
Saturday, August 31st, Adat Shalom Synagogue
All stitchers are welcome.
needlepoint, crochet hook or cross stitch and join the group. There is no charge to attend.
7 PM at the TKA/BI building.
FUTURE DATES: e-mail Gail Raben.
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Refuah Sh'leimah/Wishing a Speedy Recovery
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20 Michael & Debbie Balkin
25 Jerry & Sharon Knoppow
30 Roy & Robin Rosen
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