Shoftim: Resources and Ideas 1


Scale of justice, Enhanced version of an image...

“Justice, justice, you shall pursue.” Moshe dictates, and so institutes a system of judges, investigators, witnesses, and law enforcement. Each generation will be given leaders to follow. We are also given laws about idolatry, sorcery, cities of refuge for inadvertent murderers, and a list of who should stay home from war. We learn about trying to negotiate before attacking and the laws of wasting (fruit trees in war). Last, we learn about the responsibility of the community, exemplified in the law of eglah arufah.

LinksHere are the AishTorah.org, and Chabad pages on Shoftim. Here are some coloring sheets, a parsha song, and a fun video from Itche Kadoozy. Here’s fun quiz on the parsha, too.

Ideas:

  • Check out the parsha poem and copywork from Adventures in Mama-land
  • Make handprint fruit trees
  • looking for some inspiration to have beef cheeks? (Yes, it’s in the parsha this week!)
  • Talk about the community’s responsibilities. Where do you feel they start and end, and how does that compare with the parsha?
  • Accidents (accidental murder) and taking responsibility are good issues to discuss this week!
  • Justice and judges are good concepts to talk about with kids, too. Is everything black and white?
  • Police officers and detectives are exciting to kids. Wouldn’t it be great to organize a tour this week?
What are you up to this week?

About Amital

A die-hard listmaker and observant Jewish mommy of 5, managing the challenges of life bit by bit with the help of a Shalom Bayit book and lists. And chocolate, of course. Lots of chocolate.


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