Parshat Shoftim – Guarding the Gates of the Mind/Soul. Readings from Yaakov Abuhatzera, the Zohar and the Ben Ish Hai. Two angels escort us daily, they speak within us advising us about what is right and proper. Are these entities real, or are they archetypes of the unconscious, or are both options one and the same? The angels serve as the voice of conscience within, (to those who still have a conscience). The Zohar warns us about the importance of balance, and how justice must never be tempered with leniency. Everything befalls a person because of what is ordained above. The Ben Ish Hai teaches us about the eyes, ears and mouth and how the correlate to the written and oral Torah. How we must properly guard ourselves, and the foolishness of those who do ridiculous things trying to looking like guardians, but in reality appear like fools.