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Category: Mishpatim

Structure and Context in Parashat Mishpatim

by Adina LuberPosted on December 9, 2016

The Structure of Parashat Mishpatim

by Rabbi Dr. Avi WalfishPosted on November 30, 2016

The Sequence of Parshiyot in Parshat Mishpatim

by Elana FlaumenhaftPosted on November 28, 2016

The Integral Connection Between Prayer and Action

by Rabbi Avi WeissPosted on May 25, 2016

The Talmud states that the source of prayer is the biblical phrase: “And you shall serve Him with all your heart.” (Deuteronomy 11:13) Service is usually associated with action. One can serve with his or her hands or feet but how does one serve with the heart? The Talmud concludes that service of the heart Continue Reading »

Walking the Tightrope

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted on February 4, 2016

Mishpatim has many, many laws. So many that one may be misled into believing that the entirety of one’s obligation as a Jew is halakha and mitzvah. However the end of the parasha makes it clear that all of these mitzvot occur in the context of a brit, a covenant: And Moses wrote all the words of Continue Reading »

The Ideal and the Real

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted on February 11, 2015

The Torah commands us in the laws of Shmita for the first time in this week’s parasha: “And six years you shall sow thy land, and shall gather in the fruits thereof. But the seventh year you shall relinquish it; that the poor of your people may eat: and what they leave the beasts of Continue Reading »

Does the Torah Approve of Slavery?

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted on February 7, 2013

Does the Torah approve of slavery? Consider what Wikipedia says on the topic of Jews and Slavery: “Judaism’s religious texts contain numerous laws governing the ownership and treatment of slaves… Jews continued to own slaves during the 16th through 18th centuries, and ownership practices were still governed by Biblical and Talmudic laws.” And perhaps most Continue Reading »

Sanctity of Space and Sanctity of Time

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted on January 28, 2011

There is barely a pause which separates the theophany of the Giving of the Torah at Sinai, in parshat Yitro, to the myriad of laws and the nuts-and-bolts mitzvot of parshat Mishpatim. How are we to understand this sudden transition? Where is the kedusha, the holiness, the human-divine encounter, that follows Sinai, that can be considered Continue Reading »