Far Be It From Me – Parashat Mishpatim

Far Be It From Me – Parashat Mishpatim

“….And he who did not ambush but G-d caused it to happen to him, I shall provide you a place to which he shall flee….” – Shemot 21:13 וַאֲשֶׁר לֹא צָדָה וְהָאֱלֹהִים אִנָּה לְיָדוֹ וְשַׂמְתִּי לְךָ מָקוֹם אֲשֶׁר יָנוּס שָׁמָּה – כא, יג  The Arizal notes that the accidental murderer is at first referred to in the third person – […]

February 22, 2017 at 2:17 AM 0 comments

Are You All Ears? – Parashat Mishpatim

Are You All Ears? – Parashat Mishpatim

“….But if the bondsman says, “I am fond of my master, my wife, and my children. I will not go free”…His master shall pierce his ear with an awl and he shall then serve him forever….” – Shemot 21:5-6 וְאִם אָמֹר יֹאמַר הָעֶבֶד אָהַבְתִּי אֶת אֲדֹנִי אֶת אִשְׁתִּי וְאֶת בָּנָי לֹא אֵצֵא חָפְשִׁי . . וְרָצַע אֲדֹנָיו אֶת אָזְנוֹ בַּמַּרְצֵעַ […]

February 21, 2017 at 2:40 AM 0 comments

Parashat Mishpatim – How to deal with hate?

Parashat Mishpatim – How to deal with hate?

Even though the Torah instructs us not to hate anyone, unfortuantly sometimes we do. More than that, sometimes people hate us. How does one needs to deal with hate? – find out in this class about the Parasha Duration of class: 56:34              

February 20, 2017 at 3:10 PM 0 comments

Free to Steal – Parashat Mishpatim

Free to Steal – Parashat Mishpatim

“….If you buy a Hebrew slave he shall work for six years; in the seventh he shall go out to freedom without charge…” – Shemot 21:2 כִּי תִקְנֶה עֶבֶד עִבְרִי שֵׁשׁ שָׁנִים יַעֲבֹד וּבַשְּׁבִעִת יֵצֵא לַחָפְשִׁי חִנָּם – שמות כא, ב The portion of Mishpatim, which immediately follows the Torah’s account of the awesome revelation at Sinai, opens with the law […]

February 20, 2017 at 1:20 AM 0 comments

Same Law, Different Court – Parashat Mishpatim

Same Law, Different Court – Parashat Mishpatim

“….And these are the ordinances that you shall place before them…” – Shemot 21:1 וְאֵלֶּה הַמִּשְׁפָּטִים אֲשֶׁר תָּשִׂים לִפְנֵיהֶם – שמות כא, א The Talmud (Gittin 88b) learns from this verse that our civil disputes should be judged only “before them“—the Jewish courts, and not in the non-Jewish court system. This applies even in instances where the ruling of the […]

February 19, 2017 at 2:32 AM 0 comments

It’s Not All about You – Parashat Mishpatim

It’s Not All about You – Parashat Mishpatim

“….And you shall worship Hashem, your G-d… There will be no bereaved or barren woman in your land; I will fill the number of your days…” – Shemot 23:25-26 וַעֲבַדְתֶּם אֵת ה’ אֱלֹקֵיכֶם . . לֹא תִהְי’ מְשַׁכֵּלָה וַעֲקָרָה בְּאַרְצֶךָ אֶת מִסְפַּר יָמֶיךָ אֲמַלֵּא – כג, כה-כו These verses contain profound insight and guidance in the struggles that many people […]

February 5, 2016 at 2:58 AM 0 comments

Speaking of Nature – Parashat Mishpatim

Speaking of Nature – Parashat Mishpatim

“….If a bull gores…” – Shemot 21:28 וְכִי יִגַּח שׁוֹר – כא, כח The Torah demonstrates one’s liability for the damages caused by his animals with a case of someone’s bull goring killing a person or causing damage to someone’s property. In truth, however, these same laws also apply if any other animal or bird did the damage. But, as […]

February 4, 2016 at 6:37 AM 1 comment