G-d promised the land of Israel to Avraham, Yitzchak and Yaakov, and He intends to keep His promise. All that He requires is that Israel shows courage in the face of implacable enemies far more numerous and seemingly far more powerful than she.
To help encourage and fortify Israel, G-d commands that a kohen (priest) from the Holy Temple, the abode of G-d’s indwelling (Shechinah), will prepare Israel for battle only after rallying the nation, letting them know that G-d is leading them in battle, and weeding out individuals whose inability to focus on the holy task at hand might weaken the resolve of the others.
Shoftim (Deuteronomy 16:18-21:9)
Parashat Shoftim is read on Shabbat:
Elul 7, 5775/August 22, 2015