Justice, Justice Shall You Pursue

Over the centuries, rabbinical commentators have focused on the word l’cha as the key ingredient in Deuteronomy 16:18. They tell us to regard justice not only as a concern of others in the community, but also as a very personal matter. To the Rabbis, the appointment of justices and magistrates is not solely about what is good for someone else or only about what is good for me. The appointment of justices needs to be based on what is good for the entire community. A justice cannot disregard the law in order to carry out his appointer’s interest. Quite to the contrary, the appointed justice must be committed to carrying out the law, seeing all of its parameters and administering it with fairness. That is what makes such appointments so important and why the candidates must always be of the finest character and of the highest integrity. When judges of lower stature are appointed, the entire system is easily perverted. And that is what we are experiencing today in so many quarters of our land—a judicial system bereft of quality magistrates and overwhelmed by those who wish to use or abuse the system for their own political gain.

~ Rabbi Bennett F. Miller United States Rabbi

Historical Age, Age of Reason, 1650-1950
Astrological Age, Age of Pisces 1 AD – 2000
Sun Sign, Cancer