That is a central reason why we Jews gather during the High Holy Days: to commit once again to our pursuit of doing the right thing, even though we know we will fall short. It is one of the tenants of Judaism, and an important reminder to stand up against injustices wherever they may be. Responsa is an editorial column written by members of the Jewish Currents staff and reflects a collective discussion. We’ve read about Hezekiah, Menashe and the Kingdom of Judah in the Bible, but now archeologists are digging up ancient treasures which testify to the truth of these stories! Textual Hebrew. (I resonate these days with a line of Lily Tomlin’s: “No matter how cynical you become, it’s never enough to keep up.”) What is happening to our society’s ideals of mutual responsibility? Justice, justice shall you pursue, that you may thrive and occupy the land that Adonai your God is giving you. Take no bribe, for bribes blind the eyes of the discerning and upset the plea of the just. Decide justly between the Israelite and the stranger alike. Justice, justice you shall pursue. Unfortunately, the records expected in 2020 will not be set. All he knew was that he was drawn to the painting. Listen in as we here the testimony of local Arab believers and what they are doing in the land. Nonetheless, we Jews still claim that there is an impeccable standard of tzedek — and that we must pursue it. Beautiful copper and gold metallic Torah sculpture on an irregularly shaped marble base, with a beautiful fused glass plaque with Justice, Justice shall you pursue (Deut. If they are not being met, then analyze why not and make adjustments. But the Torah constrains the king’s authority, making it clear that a leader’s abuse of power and indifference to morality are age-old phenomena that must be kept in check. For many, Judaism’s concept of tzedek is one of its greatest contributions to the world at large. For example: You shall not be partial in judgment; hear out low and high alike. So what is “justice?” One definition I saw online that seems to fit the times is: “Justice is a concept on ethics and law that means that people behave in a way that is fair, equal and balanced for everyone.”. ", Andrey writes, "When God delivered the Jews from Egyptian slavery, the first thing He gave the sons of Israel was spiritual freedom from the power of the Egyptian gods.
A meaningful gift for a lawyer, judge, or other legal professional, student, or graduate. There is another word from the same root that you may recognize — “tzaddik.” A tzaddik, a righteous person, is one who has embodied the quality of tzedek, treats people equitably, pursues justice as a matter of course. The second word, “tirdof,” means “pursue.” Tzedek, justice, in the Jewish view, is an inherent quality of God, a fundamental aspect of the universe, an ideal for which we humans strive but can never perfectly achieve. I have not heard anyone even talk about a plan to overcome what is being called “systemic racism” in order to have “liberty and justice for all.” It’s time to start. How do we follow this commandment? The wording of the mitzvah is very important now: We are commanded to pursue justice, even if the attainment of justice seems remote. As Ginsburg would note in speeches, she was the only justice with a mezuzah affixed to her office door. Etymology. Our perspective is, by definition, limited, hence our apprehension of true justice is always suspect. 5. Share. It’s not easy and it won’t happen overnight, but if we don’t start now the problem will never be solved. Even though Israel and Lebanon are considered enemies, Israel has offered support and aid. You must pursue justice alone so that you may live and inherit the land the LORD your God is giving you. By Rabbi Bradley Artson. Look out for the other parts. In fact, our days are filled with opportunities to treat people ethically and fairly, to give the benefit of the doubt, to stand up against injustice, to enact just solutions, to do the right thing. Languages of Origin. "justice, justice, you will pursue." (RNS) — A phrase from the Book of Deuteronomy hangs framed on the wall of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Supreme Court chamber: “Justice, justice you shall pursue.”. Cards are light turquoise, inside white. The Hebrew phrase צדק צדק תרדוף/ Justice Justice Shall You Pursue is a quote from the book of Deuteronomy 16:20. Biblical prophecy has a redemptive component. The theme for the Week is “Justice and only justice you shall pursue,” a line from the Hebrew Scriptures Deuteronomy 16:18-20 (what we Christians call “The Old Testament”). “The Biblical command: ‘Justice, justice shalt thou pursue’ is a strand that ties them together.” The Brooklyn native was the daughter of Nathan … Her brilliant career as a lawyer demonstrates her commitment to justice. Tuvia writes, "'How St. Nicholas Stole Hanukkah' is a short story of about 25-30 pages, and it just might be the most Jewish Christmas story you’ve ever read. For the current wave, there is a reluctance to close workplaces that have reopened, and cause a bigger damage to the economy. We even have NFL football players blaming Roger Goodell for not coming up with a plan. (Exodus 23:8) It’s a good place to start the discussion. 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