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Rabbi Naomi Hyman | Mishpatim 2016

Mishpatim: Clouded Perception

This week’s Torah reading, Mishpatim/Laws, includes a long list of divinely ordained statutes on a wide variety of topics. Included among them is the following instruction: Do not takes bribes, for bribes blind the clear-sighted and confounds the words of the righteous. (Exodus 23:8) The Torah’s language is very clear on this matter and on the reasons […]

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Rabbi Naomi Hyman | Mishpatim

Mishpatim: Cultivating a Benevolent Heart

This week’s parashah/Torah reading is aptly named Mishpatim, which means “rules” or “ordinances.” The reading includes 53 different mitzvot/religious obligations encompassing, among other things, civil rights and responsibilities, jurisprudence, finance, seasonal festivals and dietary laws. I’d like to focus on just two of them: When you encounter your enemy’s ox or his donkey going astray, you must […]

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