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Bar Mitzvah on Parashat Mishpatim


Rabbi Yoel Lieberman

Shevat 23, 5780
Dear Rabbi It is my sons bar mitzvah this Shabbos (Mishpatim) and I am looking for some ideas for a speech at his barmitzvah. Any suggestions? Thank you Darren
ב"ה Shalom First , allow me to wish you a very hearty Mazal Tov. May your son grow up to be well mannered and G-d fearing Jew fully knowledgeable of the Torah. May he bring you much joy and pride. Secondly, I won't be able to write your whole speech, since I usually connect my words to the personality of the Bar Mitzva boy who in this case I don't know. But I will give you some ideas. The fact that the Torah immediately after telling us about the giving of the Torah goes into such detail of issues of damages and legal issues among people which are totally unrelated to anything ritualistic, shows us how all-encompassing the Torah is. Not just Shabbat, Tefillin eating Kosher and the holidays but issues which govern the very minute monetary and legal dealings between one man and another. Another fundamental idea mentioned in the Parsha is the concept of "Na'aseh Venishma", meaning "We shall do and we shall listen" which was the proclamation of the Jewish people before the receiving of the Torah which expressed their utmost acceptance and non-compromising willingness to fulfill the Torah even before hearing what it requires them to do. This is also very suitable for a Bar mitzvah who stands upon the threshold of taking upon himself the yoke of the Mitzvot. I wish you again all the very best.Torah blessings from Eretz Yisrael.
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