“Place for yourself judges and officers in all your gates.”
~ Deuteronomy 16:18
Establishing a just court-system is essential for any society.
But why only at the gates?
The gates are the portal through which a city is accessed. Prevention is better than cure, so while trouble is obviously unwelcome anywhere within a city, it’s most efficient to not let it in to begin with.
People have gates too: our five senses. We too need to be “judges and officers” ensuring what we see, eat, hear etc. is both physically – and spiritually – healthy.