The Portion

Shoftim: Magic & Monarchy

September 05, 2019 Season 1 Episode 47
The Portion
Shoftim: Magic & Monarchy
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The Portion
Shoftim: Magic & Monarchy
Sep 05, 2019 Season 1 Episode 47
Aaron Roller & Rabbi Jonathan Bienenfeld
A discussion about parshat Shoftim.
Show Notes

In this week's episode, we discuss two ideas that have engaged commentators for centuries: magic and monarchy. Is black magic - which is forbidden in this week's Torah portion - real? Is magic forbidden because it is utterly untrue, or because it is true but inappropriate? What about kings? Should Israel have a king? Is it ideal or an accommodation to human frailty? Join us.

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