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    The Law Department of the Torah Science Foundation



    The Zohar teaches us that the Heavenly Court resides in the sefirah of Might (gevura, gevurah). The Torah describes a just legal system as "righteous judgment" (mishpat tsedek). After enjoining the people to appoint qualified judges who might "judge the people in righteous judgment", the Torah states "Righteousness, righteousness shall you pursue" (Exodus 16:18-20). One of the implications of the term "righteousness" being stated twice is that for true justice to be administered, the judge should be able to apprehend the element of "righteousness" inherent in both positions presented before him. The profession of law parallels the essence of Might in the establishment of strict boundaries governing social interactions, in the spirit of "righteous judgment" prescribed by the Torah.



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