Mishpatim

Mishpatim 5774 – Do it because you love me

January 24, 2014
Mishpatim 5774 – Do it because you love me

 “And he took the Book of the Covenant, and read it in the hearing of the people; and they said, All that the Lord has said will we do, and hear/understand/obey.” …Exodus 24:7 A few years ago, I started my ruminations on this phrase in this week’s parsha with the question “Is it...
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No Car, No Sheep

January 27, 2011
No Car, No Sheep

 A bit over two years ago, I reported how my car was stolen on Yom Kippur.  Amazingly, we got the car back, damaged and “smelling bad” from being filled with stolen sheep.  The car was recovered with said sheep inside.  I even posted a complete set of pictures. Bringing our car was like bringing a bit...
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Mishpatim 5770 — Take a Leap of Action

February 12, 2010

Is it foolish to accept instructions on blind faith? Among the many commandments in this week's Torah reading, Mishpatim, is the response of the Jewish people: "All the Lord has commanded, na'aseh v'nishmah, 'we will do and we will hear(understand).'"  The Talmud records that when the people responded this way, the angels cried out,...
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Mishpatim 5767

February 17, 2007
Mishpatim 5767

וְאֵלֶּה הַמִּשְׁפָּטִים  “And these are the judgments.”  And in this week’s Torah portion, Mishpatim, there are many judgments, or commandments — 53 to be precise.  Most of the laws in this week’s parsha are in the category of mitzvot “bein adam l’chaveiro,” between people.  There are laws relating to prosecuting capital cases, and there...
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