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Separation of Powers (Shoftim)

Preview: The Torah carefully divides the roles of “judge” vs. “king.” The people, in Shmuel’s day, conflate the two – which is why he opposes their political petition. Indeed, the conflation of these two offices is a long-running theme in sefer Shoftim – a work which, Chazal tell us, was authored by none other than Shmuel himself.

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