Rabbis Divrei Torah | Tribeca Synagogue
Rabbi's Divrei Torah
Our portion begins with the phrase "These are the judgments" referring to a lengthy discussion of civil law. But the actual text reads "AND these are the judgments" which the commentators tell us connects this discussion with the previous subject matter, in this case the revelation at Sinai.
This additional word was not just poetic but meant to emphasize that even concepts of civil law which would seem to be out of the purview of the Divine are connected to God's wisdom. The Torah insists that without this inspiration guiding our courts, the judicial system will eventually deteriorate.