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Shabbat and Candle Lighting  
for Friday, September 6, 2019 / 7 Elul 5779  
 
Light Shabbat candles at 6:29 p.m.  
 
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Dear Co ngregation Kehillah and Friends,
Rabbi Sharfman
     
Parashat Shoftim   ("judges") includes the dictum: " Justice, Justice, shall you pursue " and describes how Israelite society and courts would operate. In   Shoftim, the Torah introduces the idea of a just society, an idea so powerful that it has deeply influenced the American legal system. The parasha   envisions a society where justice is impartial and fair, irrespective of social/economic status and immune to bribery (think about the American   traditional symbol of justice - a woman blindfolded holding equal scales). There are limits to leadership and what a leader is allowed to do; leadership is   service, not power or status, and constituents are to be treated with dignity. If the rest of the world (i.e., at those times, the Canaanite people) continue to revere death, Jews must remain different from them, as we celebrate the sacredness of human life. The final section teaches us that there is a   'right' way to fight wars and limitations on who can fight. In modern times, this has expanded to the Israeli army's notion of 'purity of arms,' standard   operating procedure for the IDF.
 
 
A kavannah for Parashat Shoftim 
  
As Mel Brooks said: it may be good to be king, but Gd, please help us to use our powers of influence to spread concepts of justice and   fairness and urge our elected officials to make wise decisions that value life and work toward the common good.
 
Shabbat Shalom,
 
Rabbi Bonnie Sharfman  


Please join us for Torah Talk Saturday, September 7th at 10:30 am at the synagogue.No prior knowledge is needed to enjoy Torah Talk; all are welcome.Be part of an amazing 4,000-year-old conversation, as relevant today as when it began. Torah Talk is one of Kehillah's most-loved traditions -- a morning filled with questions, conversation, and laughter. This session will be lay-led.  Please RSVP by Thursday, September 5, and please park in the back when you arrive on Saturday.

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