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Try It, You’ll Like It: Should Jews Proselytize?

Liberal Jews who support outreach claim that active proselytism was the Jewish tradition until the Roman Empire outlawed conversion to Judaism under penalty of death.

Elohai Neshama: Breathing the Soul Alive

The simple words of this traditional morning blessing draw us back to the dawn of our mythic creation.

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Summary

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 ascends Mount Sinai to meet with God for 40 days and 40 nights, leaving Aaron and Hur in charge.

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Parashat Mishpatim

Exodus 21:1 - 24:18

Jeremiah 34:8-22, 33:25-26

Parashat Mishpatim: Overcoming Victimhood

This Torah portion offers a vital ethical message for a people who have suffered centuries of oppression.

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Learn the reasons for this distinctive mourning practice.

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Starting the day with gratefulness opens the heart to the blessing of wonder.

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