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Beit Midrash Torah Portion and Tanach Mishpatim

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Parasha Summary - Mishpatim

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Mishpatim deals primarily with social & civil laws, although we know that every Mitzva draws its power & purpose from Hashem's will.

Included in our Sedra's 53 diverse Mitzvot are: Laws dealing with the indentured bondsman & his rights, including his going free after 6 years of service; the penalties for damaging a person or his property; the imperative to respect the sensitivities of the convert, widow & orphan & to assist the needy with free loans; & the obligation to set up a fair system of justice. Shabbat & Shmita (the Sabbatical year) are also discussed, as are the Chagim of Pesach, Shavuot & Sukkot.

Hashem renews His promise to bring all Jews back to Israel. There is a Revelation of G-d, after which the Jewish People declare, "We will do & we will listen!"
Rabbi Stewart Weiss
Was ordained at the Hebrew Theological College in Skokie, Illinois, and led congregations in Chicago and Dallas prior to making Aliyah in 1992. He directs the Jewish Outreach Center in Ra'anana, helping to facilitate the spiritual absorption of new olim.
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