Inspiration Through Torah in 5776: Shoftim


This week we are studying the Torah portion Shoftim. In this week’s portion, we are exhorted to appoint righteous judges and magistrates, and also told how to set up a king.

You may decide to read the portion in one sitting, or you might decide to do the FULL KRIYAH which breaks up the parsha so that you can pace yourself and concentrate on a smaller section each day.

This week, the readings for the Torah portion for each day of the week will be as follows:

1: 16:18-17:13 (18 p’sukim)

2: 17:14-20 (7 p’sukim)

3: 18:1-5 (5 p’sukim)

4: 18:6-13 (8 p’sukim)

5: 18:14-19:13 (22 p’sukim)

6: 19:14-20:9 (17 p’sukim)

7: 20:10-21:9 (20 p’sukim)

In addition to the Torah portion, the haftarah portion is Isaiah 51:12 – 52:12.

The accompanying psalm to be read on Shabbat for this week’s double portion is 17.

Continue to journal this week, writing down your thoughts, themes, and Bible verses that come to mind for the individual days, and/or week. If you’d like to focus on personal character development with a larger community, see “Mussar” below the Torah study materials.

Torah Study Materials

Reading materials

Torah Portion Study Guides from Tony Robinson

The Creation Gospel Torah Portions: Devarim by Dr. Hollisa Alewine


The Parsha Experiment from the AlephBeta team on this week’s parsha.

Torah teachings (from the Torah cycle 5772) by L. Grant Luton

*NEW* Torah portion Shoftim by R’ Daniel Kayes Thomson

Mussar (Personal Character Development)

This week, we are going to spend another week on the middah (virtue) of hakarat ha-tov, which is  translated as gratitude.

At the top of a 4×6 card write, Hakarat Ha-tov (Gratitude). Underneath that, list each item for quick reference (suggestions come from Riverton Mussar):

  • Think of some positive aspects of your life today and express your gratitude and appreciation.
  • Send a card to someone you know and express your gratitude and appreciation.
  • Express your gratitude to a stranger who is serving you in some capacity today.
  • After every meal this week, say a prayer of gratitude. This can either be a traditional blessing from the siddur or perhaps a heartfelt spontaneous prayer. (This is the one we try to sing: Blessing After the Meal)

Put the card in a prominent place, so you might be able to refer to it often throughout the day.



The Science Behind Gratitude

Blessings and Shalom,