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Posted: Wednesday, August 15, 2018 9:24 am

Parshat Shoftim, Deuteronomy 16:18–21:9

H ow do we respond to inequity? While the government, courts, business and religious institutions all play a role in maintaining a semblance of a normative social order, there is also a role for every individual to sacrifice some privilege for the dignity of the other. We know from basic psychology that we project our experiences from the earthly world into the heavenly world: If we experience the world as having a foundation of justice, we may be more likely to believe in a just, compassionate God. If we are surrounded by pain, suffering, a land without a justice, our only interpretation of the world is that it is fundamentally unjust; it may be more difficult to embrace an Omnipotent Being in this world … or the next.

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