Dvar Torah Shoftim: (Mis)Direction

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We find in this week’s parsha one of the most  poorly understood verses in the entire Torah.  In fact, it’s so misunderstood that it makes heretics smile with satisfaction and the people who watch the heretics smile wonder why they themselves never became one.

Lo sasur min hadavar asher yagidu lecha yamin u’smol” — “…do not deviate from what they [the members of the  supreme rabbinical authority] tell you to the right or to the left.” (Deuteronomy 17:11)

But perhaps its not so bad — many have leaders, parents and bosses who warn them not to deviate an iota from the instructions they provide.  However, as if this was not enough fodder for the cynic, Rashi seems to come and make matters worse.

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