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Mishpatim

Exodus 21:1-24:18

For full text in English and Hebrew, click here: Exodus 21:1-24:18

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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jewish laws
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

 

Ascending the Mountain
Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg

 

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, Big Tent Judaism

 

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
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Torah Topics for Today



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