Parashat Shoftim discusses judges and judgment and it is appropriate that it is always read in the month of Elul that crescendos to Rosh Hashana. The parasha opens with Judges and overseers you shall set for yourself within all your gates. Our ability to ensure justice within the gates of our city may be limited, yet the physical body has its own gates: eyes, nose, mouth etc and this verse reminds the individual to be in control of their personal gates. If we now examine our personal gates, then on the High Holidays we can pray with integrity and say Open the gates, and let a righteous nation enter, A nation that keeps faith.