Exodus 21:1 - 24:18; Exodus 30:11-16
Kings II 11:17 - 12:17
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.
Parashat Mishpatim: Overcoming Victimhood
This Torah portion offers a vital ethical message for a people who have suffered centuries of oppression.