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

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An Eye for $100
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Exodus Morality
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Critiquing Our Leadership
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The Ban on Tereifah
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Under God’s Feet
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Letting Our People Go
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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



Parashat Mishpatim Quiz
Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies


Parashat Mishpatim Challah
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Parashat Mishpatim for Families
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Lying, Stay Far Away
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Insults Leave a Lasting Impact
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