Thursday, July 2, 2009

Judging our leaders


Preface: 70 elders assisted Moshe in judging cases for the Jews in the desert, on their way from Egypt to Israel.

"Why are the 70 elders not identified by name in the Torah? Lest people say, 'Is our judge like Moshe and Aharon, Nadav and Avihu, or Eldad and Meidad [figures of the desert era]?'"

[Rashi's explanation: Now that the 70 are not identified, we have no way to know whether our judges are better or worse than any of them.]

(Talmud, Rosh HaShanah 25a)

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