Nach Yomi for Avraham

A worldwide project aimed at developing beki'ut in Tanach, inspired by, and as zechut for, R' Avraham Norin (Avraham Dov ben Golda)

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Shoftim chapter 2 - 26 Nissan (Monday April 24)

(prepared by Rivky Krestt)
This perek begins with a second (transitional) introduction to the sefer – completing the second section. A Malach appears to Israel to deliver the message that Israel receives before they settle the land: “Keep the Torah or you will be driven out of the land of Israel.”

Section two begins with the death of the original generation of settler, including Yehoshua. Bnei Yisrael are left without a designated ruler for the first time in their history. The infamous “cycle” is introduced at this point; how Bnei Yisrael dealt with the uncertainty that must have followed Yehoshua’s death.

The cycle is as follows:
An Enemy is sent => They cry out to God => A savior is sent => This person delivers them to a state of quiet and Bnei Yisrael live peacefully for a (variable) amount of time.

R' Menachem Leibtag on The Introduction and 'Cycle'
Identifying the mysterious Messenger of Hashem in our Perek (Hebrew)
R' Michael Hattin on chapter 2
Streaming audio of R' Yosef Gavriel Bechhofer on Chapter 2

Points to Ponder:

  1. Why are there two introductions – perek aleph and perek bet – to the sefer?

  2. How do these introductions shape our conception of the era of Shoftim?

  3. Why do you think the malach’s identity remains anonymous?

  4. Why should Israel not make treaties with the nations around them?

  5. Why is this the final message given to the people before they go settle their different portions of land?


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