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Sandro Rosell
FC Barcelona President
Thursday, August 24, 2017

Parsha

Rabbeinu Nissim z”l (14th century; Barcelona, Spain) writes that, unlike other nations, the Jews have a dual judicial system. Every nation has laws, whose purpose is to make civilized life possible, and each nation has a king or other official who appoints judges to enforce those laws. In our parashah we read that Bnei Yisrael, too, are commanded to appoint a king.

The parashah begins, however, with the command to maintain a bet din (later called a Sanhedrin) and a system of courts (independent of the king, since they are mentioned before the mitzvah to appoint a king is taught). This is a reflection of the dual legal system which the Torah contemplates.

The Gemara teaches that even if a defendant is not found guilty by the

The parsha opens with the words, “Judges and officers shall you appoint for yourselves in all of your gates.” (Deut. 16:17) There are many levels on which we can understand the passages of the Torah. A simple reading reveals that even thousands of years ago, in every hamlet, in every town, and in every city of Israel, there was a functioning judicial system. Judges - men of enormous integrity and moral excellence, who were not only knowledgeable of the laws of the Torah, but more importantly

In this weeks’s parsha it states, “You shall seek out His presence and you shall come there..” (Deut. 12:5) There appears to be a discrepancy in the passage. It would seem that the more correct way for the Torah to phrase the sentence would have been to first mention the coming there (going to the Temple in Jerusalem), and there, in the midst of sanctity, to find HaShem. The Torah is teaching us however, a very profound lesson, one which we should incorporate into our every-day lives. If we are

Since the dawn of human history, mankind has faced, in one guise or another, the same temptations that confronted the very first man and woman, Adam and Chava. After giving us the details of their creation, the Torah describes the challenge they faced in the blissful spiritual existence Hashem provided for them in the Garden of Eden. They were expressly prohibited to eat from the eitz hadaas, the tree of knowledge, yet its delightful fruit proved irresistible to Eve. The Torah describes the

And now, O Israel, what does God, your God, demand of you? Only to fear God, your God, to walk in all His ways and to love Him . . . (Devarim 10:12)

I am remaining with the topic of humility because it is also very relevant to these parshios, as well as the concept of kotzer ruach. As Moshe Rabbeinu will tell the Jewish people in this week’s parshah, fear of God is the secret to staying loyal to God and maximizing one’s portion in the World-to- Come. It works, not just because one becomes