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Mishpatim: Applied Learning

Mishpatim: Applied Learning


Editor's Note:

Dear Friend,

Today is a big day.

Hundreds of thousands across the globe are beginning the 32nd cycle of studying Maimonidescode of Jewish law, known as the Mishneh Torah.

To all who celebrated completing the 31st study cycle yesterday: Mazal tov!

If you have yet to take the plunge, here’s why you should try it this time:

  • Maimonides’ code covers all the laws of the Torah. By studying it, you will become familiar with every area of Jewish law and also fulfill the special mitzvah to do so!
  • You will be joining a global community of Jews who, transcending boundaries of time and space, are studying the entire Torah in unison. Double unity: The whole Torah, around the whole world!
  • We make it easy! Whichever track you choose, we have a full menu of original Hebrew Hebrew and English texts, as well as daily audio and video classes to help you along.

Starting is simple:

  • If you have the time and know-how, join the three-chapters-a-day cycle, to finish the code once a year. Students on this track are restarting the study cycle today.
  • Alternatively, the one-chapter-a-day program finishes the entire cycle every three years. You can join at any time.
  • For those on the go, the daily mitzvah track, also starting today, covers a portion of Maimonides’ Sefer Hamitzvot corresponding to the topics covered in the three-chapters-a day track.

Want to know more? Hear what the Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory, initiator of this global Torah revolution, has to say about it...

Now is the time to take the plunge.

It has never been easier, and the rewards are incredible.

The Team

In the Details

There are those who believe that what is holy in Judaism is its broad vision, never so compellingly expressed as in the Decalogue at Sinai. The truth, however, is that G‑d is in the details.
The Phenomenon of the “Half”

Can a mere half-shekel atone for the gravest of sins? Perhaps the answer lies in the “halfness” of the coin . . .
If I Were a Wealthy Man

How do I demonstrate proper gratitude for the gifts with which I have been endowed?
The Wedding to the Washing: It’s All in the Details

When I thought about the process, and how quickly the young couple enters the real world, it struck me that this is the way it has been modeled for us by G‑d.
Mishpatim in a Nutshell
Many laws are introduced to the fledgling nation. Among the 53 laws presented are the laws of servants, and the observance of the seasonal festivals and the kosher laws. Moses ascends to heaven for 40 days and nights to receive the Torah.
Being Superwoman

One of the most transformative times of my life was my junior year in college, when I studied abroad in Israel. It was not an easy year—actually, one of the most difficult of my life—but hard and life-changing often go hand in hand.
Three Types of Parenting

I watched helplessly as a father raged at his young son. Yanking his arm sharply, he yelled, “Idiot! I’ve told you a million times . . .”
A Candle of My Own

When we do a good deed, if we are lucky, we see the immediate impact it has. But we have no idea at the time how far-reaching that act might be. The truth is, we might never know.
The Babylonian Exile

After the destruction of the First Temple, the Jewish people spent seventy years in exile in Babylon. This class covers the great leaders of the Jewish people during that era, including Zerubabbel, the exilarch; Mordechai; and the final prophets, Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi.
Questions & Answers
Coping with Suicide

Recently, my nephew was found dead in his room. My sister is not coping well—she seems to be in denial. Nobody wants to discuss this. Please give me some advice.
How Does a Busy Working Woman Prepare for Shabbat?

I am a professional. I work a lot. Quitting is not an option, and I leave work on Fridays barely in time to arrive home by sundown. Help!
Original Ideas

To his great surprise, the businessman mastered the passage without any difficulty, immediately hitting upon the very interpretation which he had himself arrived at only after so much effort.
A Timely Loan

He laid down his tallit at once, returned home, and took out the amount of money the merchant needed.
The Rebbe
When You Can't Do the Mitzvah You're Told To

In Judaism, the deed is the primary thing. But sometimes the primary thing gets in the way.
Personal Memories of the Rebbetzin

Transcript of a talk delivered at the International Conference of Women Emissaries, in which Mrs. Hager shares her personal experiences as a friend and confidant of the Rebbetzin.
Scholars Complete Maimonides' Code for 31st Time

Participation in the daily study of Mishne Torah has grown dramatically in recent years with the availability of the full text in both Hebrew and English as well as video classes.
Third-Generation Bar Mitzvah at a 100-Year-Old Shul

As the synagogue commemorated its 100th birthday, local congregant Joshua Ellin carried on a family tradition that began many years before him . . .
New Course on Biblical Women Previews at Convention

“While many of us are familiar with the male biblical characters—their stories, their challenges and their successes—we know relatively little of their female counterparts."
"The footsteps of man are directed by G-d" (Psalms 37:23). When a Jew comes to a particular place it is for an inner Divine intent and purpose -- to perform a mitzvah, whether a mitzvah between man and G-d or a mitzvah between man and his fellow-man
— Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi (1749-1812)