Thoughts from Rabbi Baruch on this week’s parshah. Shoftim.
Here is a commentary from Baruch on this week’s Parasha:
Parashat Shoftim (Judges) Deuteronomy 16:18-21:9
Haftarah: Isaiah 51:12-52:12
One of my favorite verses is found in the book of Kohelet (Ecclesiastes). There one reads,
“…for not to the swift is the race, and not to the heroes is the war, and also not to the wise is the bread, and also not to the intelligent is the wealth, and also not to the knowledgeable is the favor…” Kohelet 9:11
This verse shows that there are exceptions to the prevailing expectations of man. What causes these exceptions? The answer is the providence of HaShem. In this week’s Torah portion, warfare is discussed. Often times when Israel went out to battle, she was outnumbered or her enemies possessed greater weapons. In other words, Israel would need every soldier that was possible. This would be the prevailing expectation of the people…
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