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Parshat Mishpatim


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The question is how did the Sanhedrin know what was necessary and what the people could successfully do? By being a part of the Beit HaMikdash on a regular basis, the members of the Sanhedrin were witnesses to all the different people bringing sacrifices. They could see which types of sins were prevalent, for what types of events were people bringing Thanksgiving sacrifices and with what level of sincerity they recited their confessions. They were also in a position to gauge the overall spiritual mood of the people. This awareness enabled the Sanhedrin to legislate the appropriate laws. It helped solidify their total connection and synchronization with the people.

A leader must always focus on the people whom he is serving.  A good friend of mine who is a locksmith explained to me that before he goes to do a big job he carefully studies the location, identifies his client’s goals and determines his professional needs. By the time he goes to the job location to begin work he has the exact tools and materials necessary to complete the work in the most efficient and expert way possible. Leaders owe their followers nothing less.

 


[1] In an oddity of language the word team appears twice in the term CAT Team.

[2] President Reagan as well was shot by a lone gunman,

[3] The city of Los Angeles had established its SWAT (special weapons and tactics) Team in 1967. The FBI’s elite HRT (hostage rescue team) became operational in 1983. In a similar vein the Secret Service still issued its agents revolvers in the early 1980s while other agencies had already transitioned to issuing their agents and officers the more powerful and versatile semiautomatic pistols. For example, whereas FBI agents switched to Semiautomatics by 1988, Secret Service agents did not upgrade their pistols until the early 1990s.

About the Author: Rabbi Dr. David Hertzberg is the principal of the Yeshivah of Flatbush Middle Division and is an adjunct assistant professor of History at Touro College.


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