Shoftim (Deut. 16:8-21:9)
16:18 Who is this and the following verses addressed to?
16:18-19 Why are “you” and “your” in the singular form in Hebrew?
16:18-21 What does the Talmud say about planting trees and appointing judges?
16:19 What are some examples of “taking notice of someone’s presence”?
Can a judge who wishes to judge properly take a bribe to do so?
16:20 What is the merit of appointing decent judges?
Which verse is the last part of this verse referring to?
What does this verse have to do with “the end justifies the means”?
Why are the rewards for living and possessing the land specifically given regarding appointing judges?
16:21 What is this verse forbidding?
16:22 What does this verse teach us?
17:1 How else can “davar “ be translated?
What does it do to the meaning of this verse?
17:2 What covenant is the verse referring to?
17:2-3 What does this have to do about participating in interfaith services?
17:8 What does “between blood and blood” mean?
What does “between verdict and verdict” mean?
What does “between affliction and affliction” mean?
What does “rise and ascend” teach us?
17:9 Why does the verse tell us to “consult a judge in those days”?
What does the verse tell us about comparing judges?
17:14-15 How do we reconcile these verses with Samuel’s rebuke of the Israelites when they requested a king?
17:17 How many wives may a king have?
What does this verse have to do with an old Rabbi jumping out of a window?
17:18 What happens to the two scrolls?
17:20 Whose commandments does this verse refer to?
What is implied from the positive statement of this verse?
How does the verse relate to king Saul?
What does “he and his sons” tell us?
18:1 What does “the entire tribe of Levi” tell us?
What does “a portion” refer to?
What does “an inheritance” refer to?
18:2 Where else do we hear the words “Hashem Hu Nachalatoh?
18:4 What is the Hebrew term for the portion of the yearly crop which must be given to the Kohen?
What are the various amounts to be given?
How much of the flock is one obligated to give in the “first shearing?
How was this amount arrived at?
18:9 What does “you shall not learn to act” imply?
18:10-11 Who or what are each portion of these verses?
18:12 How many things do you have to do in order for it to be an abomination before G-d?
18:13 What does this verse mean?
What are 3 interpretations of this verse?
18:15 How can future prophets be like Moses?
18:20 What does this verse imply?
How shall the prophet die?
What are the various forms of death?
18:22 What does “you shall have no fear of him” mean?
19:3 What does “prepare the way for yourself” mean?
19:6 How many Cities of Refuge were there?
19:13 What does “your eye shall not pity” mean?
19:19 What does “to his brother” teach us?
19:21 What does “eye for eye, tooth for tooth” tell us?
Why is the Hebrew for “an eye for an eye” different here than in Shemot 21:21-24 and in Vayikra 24:20
20:1 What does “against your enemy” mean?
What does this verse tell us by its position in the Torah?
20:10 What type of war is this verse speaking about?
20:14 What does “the small children” refer to?
20:19 What do “many days” teach us?
21:1 Why is this section wedged in between two chapters that talk about going out to war?
21:7 What is the relevance of the “decapitated calf” to our current society?
21:9 What does this verse tell us?