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Deuteronomy 16:18 - 21:9

Isaiah 51:12 - 52:12


This Parashah covers the appointing of judges, the administration of justice, provision for the Levites, the forbidding of magic and witchcraft, establishing cities of refuge, laws concerning boundary markers and witnesses, the rules for warfare, and the expiation of unsolved murder.

This posting includes multiple years of Torah portions done by Wisdom in Torah. This includes:

  • The original 2010-2011 portions
  • The Ancient Near Eastern Text (ANET) portions
  • The 2013-2014 Torah Nugget
  • The 2014-2015 Torah Cycle
  • Brit Portion
  • This page includes Torah Portions from multiple years covered by Wisdom in Torah. Each year we covered the Torah from a different perspective so you can explore each Parashah from a different perspective and focus.

    • 2010 Portions: Focus on Messianic connections in the Parashah
    • ANET Portions: Focus on the ancient Near Eastern cultural context of the Parashah
    • Mitzvot Portions: Focus on explaining and exploring the commandments found in the Parashah (in progress)
    • 2015 Portions: Revisiting the Parashah looking at the ancient cultural context more in depth with additional areas that have been researched
    • Brit Portions: Focus on connecting the Brit Hadashah (New Testament) to the Parashah

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    Rico Cortes

    I am a teacher of Scriptures, Torah follower, and believer in Messiah Yeshua. I have been given the opportunity to share the Word of God with many believers around the world. My work as a servant of the Most High God has allowed me to be a voice to spread the good news of the New Testament, unveiling its truth through context and the obedience to the Almighty through his Torah.

    39 thoughts on “Torah Portion Shoftim Complete”

    1. I repent to Ricco and Team and others, for my bad attitude, and any posts that were disparaging. I have had a change of heart by the Ruach, and I need to listen more and say less.

      I have and will continue to recommend Wisdom in Torah, this is good instruction; especially in light of non religion and a Covenant Kingdom, and Ancient Near Eastern Covenant laws, practices and legal language. This is so unique and necessary to the body.

      Thank you

    2. Don’t remember the exact year, but is during Bill Clinton’s reign, his daughter Chelsey came home from University in Europe with her male muslim friend from her “muslim studies class” and they had Ramadan meal in his honor for 1st time, every year thereafter a Ramadan meal has been given, certainly 2013 was the worst as it had muslim leadership.

    3. Rico,
      Por que cubre su cabeza? Antes no lo hacia… De acuerdo a 1Cor. el varon no debe cubrir su cabeza, la mujer si..
      Aprendemos mucho de sus enseñanzas, pero esa pregunta siempre esta en mi mente, si la quiere contestar sera muy apreciado por mi familia. Todos los varones de mi familia al estar en la asamblea se descubren la cabeza… Muchas gracias de antemano por todo lo que ha compartido…
      Sofia L.

    4. Great job Rico! We absolutely love your heart for loving people & also for saying it like it is! This is no time to be “politically correct” & tolerant of sin & not following Torah correctly. If you did you would not be preparing us to respect & follow our King & His temple service & laws when He returns. Thank you for loving Him so much as to lay down your life to prepare us!
      We really appreciate you.
      (Now if you could kindly block Behira so we all don’t have to view his disentious rantings.)

    5. I understand what your are teaching; my question is when Shaul went out, he went to where the Jews wee in all those cities; where they expected to return to Judeah??? and of the gentiles to come into the Covenant; and be part of the Kingdom; where they expected to come into the Land? If so why, when in 70 AD it would have been all destroyed?

      Cannot have a beis din; not matters of pride. Is matter of behind every ruling or discipline you have to have a stick; flogging? fines? asked to leave? We have Federal, State and City laws, civil rights issues; that would prevent you from doing that. You could do some 3 judges counselors who could hear differences between congregants; however, if they don’t take your council; then what could is it. The most that can be done is to manage one’s own congregation; within the current Fed, STate, City and Civil rights laws. The Orthodox have beis dins; and their decisions are “higher” than out laws here. I don’t know how they do it. Is simply pretty impossible; though a good idea. Certainly when the Jews were all spread over Euroope; they didn’t all have the exact same customs; for the same reasons. I think people who have an interest in law, should study Tamudic law; just to get the feel of it; and some of it will be in place when we get tot the land before yeshua arrives.

      You say you don’t want to cause divisions; then why not stop harping on it? Just drop the impossible. Many large corporations do not have written Policy and Procedeedure for the same reaston; to hard to keep up with revisions and wirtten documents provide fuel for law suits.

      Ricco are you ever going to speak well of the other groups??? if not please say nothing.

      1. I do not spend my time talking bad about other groups and I have no problem with Judaism but I do have an issue with the structure of the religion. After all these years you still think that I am talking bad other groups and bashing people? By the way I am going out of my way to be edifying and trying to bring teachings that bring context but sometimes saying the truth is not convenient to some. You should know me better than that and to see this post is sad to me that after all these years I would think you would know my heart for torah and trying to help people with context.

        1. Well said brother. It’s important to let people know where you stand. Finding yourself in the middle is the hardest usually but very important to let people know what it is you disagree with in an edifying manner. I agree that submitting to the religion of Judaism is not mandatory for salvation, nor all of the dogmas of Christianity. They both have things right and wrong, I’m not perfect but we have to do our best to follow truth even if standing in the middle is like being stuck between a rock and a hard place.

    6. Shabbat Shalom!
      I thought I would try a local congregation today (UCG) that says they celebrate God’s Feasts! Brother Rico, PLEASE get a congregation soon so I can assemble with people who want to study the Torah!
      Devora Clark:)

    7. Not understanding the Beit Deim . Also I have been reading a lot about the Zadoc Priesthood some say that Yeshua would fit under. Can you make comment ref. this.

    8. You must have the proper evidence(s) before you ever bring a charge; without bringing 2-3 pieces of evidence(witnesses) yes; then whatever the penalty for the charge made; happens to those who made brought the charge.

      how would this relate to public honror and shame?

    9. I think historically, Jews in diaspora, were in different places, different cities, nations; they did not have ONE Big Beis Den; for every one; they understood there would be difference among them; that’s what happens when Abba scatters us for chastisement. Eash leader should be ressponsible for their own group. Have no right to critize another mans group. Is very easy. Execpt if you are a “leader” they are the ones who have the microphones or visablity that tell how “messy” messianic or Hebrew roots are. You all hang out the dirty laundry. It simply doesn’t not need to be mentioned. Do you think perhaps the “red heiifer” that was found this year may have been disqualified for all our “lashon hara”? I do.

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