Mishpatim

Exodus 21:1-24:18

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In this Torah portion, Moses details many of God's laws to the Israelites. These include laws about worshiping other gods, kashrut, business ethics, and treatment of animals.  God outlines the details of three holidays: Passover, Shavuot, and Sukkot. God provides an angel to protect the Israelites from their enemies, and warns the Israelites not to worship other gods. Moses goes up to Mount Sinai to meet with God for 40 days and 40 nights, leaving Aaron and Hur in charge.

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Moses continued delivering God's commandments.

 

Text Studies

Social Action and Environmentalism

An Eye for $100
Rabbi Ben Lanckton, Hillel

Exodus Morality
Carol Towarnicky, AJWS

Critiquing Our Leadership
Rabbi Neal Loevinger, KOLEL

The Ban on Tereifah
Aviva Presser-Aiden, AJWS

Under God's Feet
Rabbi Vered Harris, Union for Reform Judaism

Letting Our People Go
Rabbi Jonathan Spira-Savett, socialaction.com


Humans as Co-Creators
Rabbi Norman Lamm, Canfei Nesharim

 


From the Denominations

Pluralism and Outreach

Here Comes the Judge
Rabbi Bradley Artson, American Jewish University

We Are the Narrative
Dianne Cohler-Esses, Bronfman Youth Fellowship

Death Penalty Reconsidered
Rabbi Lewis Warshauer, JTS

Who's In? Who's Out?
Rabbi Kerry Olitzky, Jewish Outreach Institute

Murder & Atheism
Rabbi David Avigdor, Orthodox Union

The Slave Wife
Rachel Adler, Women of Reform Judaism

 


Multimedia


Parashat Mishpatim Quiz
Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies

 

Parashat Mishpatim Challah
Julie Seltzer

 

Parashat Mishpatim for Families
Torah Topics for Today

 

Lying, Stay Far Away
Torah Topics for Today

 

Insults Leave a Lasting Impact
Torah Topics for Today

 

 

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