Deuteronomy 16:18-21:9

Deuteronomy chapter 16, verse 18 to chapter 21, verse 9

Shoftim Values

What are they?

Bal Tashchit/Do not waste

  1. What does waste mean?
  2. Why is it important to protect the environment?
  3. What groups or organizations exist in your community that you join to help protect the environment?


  1. Look up the word “justice”. Then look up the word “fairness”. How are they the same?  How are they different?
  2. Have you ever heard of the phrase “An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth”? It is from the Torah, and is connected to the idea that the punishment should fit the crime.  Do you think justice is all punishment, or is there something more to it?


  1. What’s your definition of a good leader?
  2. What’s the difference between a good and bad leader?
  3. Do you feel that you are or can be a leader?  How?


Another view for you:

Parents and kids: Read this article together and discuss the questions below:

  • Think about all the things you use on a daily basis. How can you apply the mitzvah of ba’al tashchit, not being wasteful?
  • What do you waste as a family? How can you work together to limit your wastefulness?
  • How can Shabbat be a time when your family practices ba’al tashchit?