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Mishpatim: Do not tolerate the Sorcerer

Sit down, folks…I’m about to go political. This week’s parasha, Mishpatim, is just yelling right at me about the kind of society we live in, the kind we want to live in, the kind we can build if we have … Continue reading

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Mishpatim: Coming off the mountain

Truth is, folks….it’s tech week, (for those who aren’t theater folks, find someone who is, and ask them what tech week is like) and I barely have time to breathe.  So, here’s a post from the past on this week’s … Continue reading

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Mishpatim: Dad’s favorite phrase

One of my father’s favorite phrases was “It depends on whose ox is being gored.”  He said it whenever we were “discussing” a topic.    It was his way of making us consider the issue from someone else’s perspective.  Ever the … Continue reading

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Mishpatim: Bullet points of justice

“When you see the ass of your enemy lying under its burden and would refrain from raising it,you must nevertheless raise it with him” (Ex. 23:5) I love this week’s parasha, Mishpatim, which means “laws”.  Here we are, fresh off … Continue reading

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Mishpatim: crossing a line

The language of the Torah changed drastically in this week’s parasha, Mishpatim. Gone are the grand epic descriptions of the Divine encounter.  Gone are the summonses and treasured peoples and lightning and thunder. Mishpatim is about rules.  And more rules.  … Continue reading

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Mishpatim-how to build a society

“That was amazing!”  “What an experience!”   “Moses is coming to talk to us….I can’t wait to hear what he’s got for us next!”“He’s starting to talk: Now these are the laws you shall set before them..” Wait, what?  Rules? We … Continue reading

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