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Parashat Mishpatim (February 18, 2012)
by Missy Bell

THIS WEEK’S TORAH PORTION, Mishpatim, begins immediately after the Israelites are given the Ten Commandments. Mishpatim, meaning “laws,” is a very fitting name for the portion, considering that these chapters are long lists of laws that the Israelites are told to follow. Immediately prior to Mishpatim, the Israelites receive the Ten Commandments, and some commentators say that this detailed list in Mishpatim is actually an elaboration on the laws of the Ten Commandments. Some of the laws include how to treat slaves, how to treat animals and how to treat the land. There are also many laws about compensation for damage or injury caused to another person or their property, including the well-known “an eye for an eye.” (Exodus 21:23) The Israelites also are given the three festival holidays at this time: Passover, Shavuot and Sukkot. Finally, at the end of the portion, Moses goes back up to Mount Sinai where he will remain for 40 days and nights.


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Comments
Parashat Vayeira
It is most gratifying to know that our teens are being introduced to the
concepts of volunteering and being aware of the respect and
responsibilities owed to the strangers among us as well as the needy. These
values and actions, handed down from generation to generation, bring tikkun
olam. Thank you.
Wendl K. 

Wendl - February 13th


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