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Judaism: The Temple Institute on Parshat Shoftim: Preparing for Battle Torah from the Old City of Jerusalem.

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G-d promised the land of Israel to Avraham, Yitzchak and Yaakov, the three Patriarchs, and He intends to keep His promise.

All that He requires is that Israel shows couragein the face of implacable enemies far more numerous and seemingly far more powerful than she.

To help encourage and fortify Israel, G-d commands that a kohen (priest) from the HolyTemple, the abode of G-d’s indwelling (Shechinah),  will prepare Israel for battle only after rallying the nation, letting them know that G-d is leading them in battle, and weeding out individuals whose inability to focus on the holytask at hand might weaken the resolve of the others.

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