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The Consent of the Governed (Shoftim 5777)

The contribution of Tanakh, the Hebrew Bible, to political thought is fundamental, but not well known In this study I want to look at the institution of monarchy What does it tell us about the nature of government as the Torah understands it The command relating to a king opens with these words:   “When you enter the land the Lord your God is giving you and have taken possession of... Read more

The Limits of Grief (Re’eh 5777)

“You are children of the Lord your God. Do not cut yourselves or shave the front of your heads for … Read more

Why Civilisations Fail (Eikev 5777)

What is the real challenge of maintaining a free society? In parshat Eikev, Moses springs his great surprise. Here are … Read more