IT’S WORSE THAN ANY CRIME

August 13th, 2021

The proximity of the laws about judges to the laws of “asheira” (a tree worshipped as a god) in Parshat Shoftim prompts Reish Lakish (Sanhedrin 7b) to comment that if there is a judge who misbehaves it is like an “asheira” in the midst of the Jewish nation.

Rabbi Dunner questions this startling comparison, and goes on to suggest an explanation, using a story about diamond smugglers to illustrate his point.

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