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Mishpatim – The Rosh Yeshiva Responds – Returning a Sweater After a Falling Out

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on February 7, 2024

כִּי תִפְגַּע שׁוֹר אֹיִבְךָ אוֹ חֲמֹרוֹ תֹּעֶה הָשֵׁב תְּשִׁיבֶנּוּ לוֹ: “If you encounter your enemy’s ox or his ass going astray, you shalt surely bring it back to him again.” (Shemot 23:4). To read this post in Spanish, click here To read this post in French, click here To read this post in Hebrew, click here QUESTION-Cleveland, OH A man wrote to me after cleaning out his grown daughter’s bedroom, he found a sweatshirt that his daughter most likely borrowed years ago from her very close friend.…

What’s the Interest in Lending?

by Rabbi Jacob Siegel
Posted on February 7, 2024

To read this post in Spanish, click here To read this post in French, click here To read this post in Hebrew, click here Shortly after emerging from slavery in Egypt, B’nai Yisrael stand together at the foot of Mount Sinai and receive the Torah.…

Treat the Problem, not the Symptom!

by Rabbi Eliezer Lawrence
Posted on February 16, 2023

There is a universal wisdom that children are supposed to respect their parents, so it is not surprising that we are introduced to the mitzvah of kibbud av va’eim—honoring one’s parents—in the “10 commandments” of last week’s parsha. This foundational mitzvah is complex, with sugiyot in the gemara, simanim in the Shulkhan Arukh and countless seforim devoted to ascertaining what that “respect” should look like.…

Thrown to the Dogs: Can One Act So Badly That the Rules Don’t Apply to Them?

by Gabriel Greenberg
Posted on January 27, 2022

Friends, it has been my true privilege these many years to share with you my thoughts on the parsha, both in written form and more recently as videos. Now the time has come to pass the baton over to our amazing rabbis in the field.…

Moving from the Real to the Ideal

In the Time of Coronavirus

The Torah commands us in the laws of Shmita for the first time in Shemot 23:11: “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 the field shall eat.…

If the Medium Is the Message, What’s the Message?

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on February 11, 2021

When the Children of Israel stood at the foot of Mt. Sinai, they famously declared “נַעֲשֶׂ֥ה וְנִשְׁמָֽע—na’aseh ve’nishma—We will do and we will listen.” (Exodus 24:7). This phrase appears at the end of parashat Mishpatim, after all the laws that followed the Ten Commandments.…

Why Are We Doing This and Why Does it Matter?

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on January 31, 2019

The enterprise of ta’amei ha’mitzvot, trying to identify the values that underlie the mitzvot, is an important although potentially dangerous one.  The importance lies in the fact that it helps us actualize those values both in the performance of the mitzvot and in other areas of our lives. …

Meat and Milk Mix-Ups

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on February 8, 2018

Sally added tomato sauce to a milkhig soup, and then discovered that the tomato sauce did not have a hekhsher and contained meat! She called the company and found out that the meat content was approximately 5%. She knows that she has to kasher her pot, but she wants to know if she has to throw out the soup or can she give it to her doorman?…

Structure and Context in Parashat Mishpatim

by Adina Luber
Posted on December 9, 2016

The Structure of Parashat Mishpatim

by Rabbi Dr. Avi Walfish
Posted on November 30, 2016

The Sequence of Parshiyot in Parshat Mishpatim

by Elana Flaumenhaft
Posted on November 28, 2016

The Integral Connection Between Prayer and Action

by Rabbi Avi Weiss
Posted 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?…