Mishpatim Audio Classes

Time for Torah: Mishpatim
The Ox, The Owner and Me
Many of the tractates in the Talmud that deal with Jewish civil and damage laws are based on verses in this week's Torah portion -- Parshat Mishpatim. This class gives a deeper look at one of these laws: The goring Ox.
Torah Gems - Parshah Mishpatim
Experience the gems of the Parshah with the classic commentaries, and a kabbalistic twist.
Parshah Insight: Mishpatim
A five minute weekly Torah insight based on the wellsprings of Torah and Chassidut.
Parshah Thought: Mishpatim
A five minute weekly Torah thought based on the teachings of Chassidut.
Parshah Class: Mishpatim
Get a detailed overview of the weekly Torah portion sewn together with keen insights and timely life messages.
Chumash and Rashi: Mishpatim
Parshah with Rabbi Gordon
Mishpatim - In Depth
An in depth look at the weekly Parshah based on the talks of the Lubavitcher Rebbe
Basic Parshah - Mishpatim
An overview of the weekly Parshah, through the eyes of the many commentators, enriching your understanding of how our great history unfolded.
The Chassidic Dimension - Mishpatim
An in depth presentation of Chassidic teachings on the weekly Parshah.
Reflections – the Ultimate Reality
Reflections on the eternal message of parshah Mishpatim and the mitzvah of the half-shekel.
An advanced presentation of Chassidic teachings on the Parshah.
Two Minute Rabbi: Mishpatim
A very short message on the parshah.
Jewish Courts
Audio | 1:06:15
Jewish Courts
Practical Parshah - Mishpatim
The strict prohibition against two Jewish litigants taking their case to secular courts.
The Personal Parshah: Mishpatim
Look into your life and discover the Parsha within.
What Role Does Reason Play?
A Taste of Text—Mishpatim
Unquestioning acceptance of G‑d’s commandments does not mean that we are to perform them with mindless obedience.
Marrying G-d
Audio | 26:50
Marrying G-d
Letters and Numbers of Torah - Mishpatim
The Torah describes the unfortunate situation (Exodus 21:8) of a destitute man who sells his daughter as an indentured servant. The word "lo" in this verse is written lamed-aleph meaning that the man for whom the girl works "did not betroth her as a wife" but it is read as if it were spelled lamed-vav meaning the man for whom the girl works "should have betrothed her as a wife." On a spiritual level, the verse can describe two kinds of relationships that we have with G-d.
How to Become Jewish
Parshat Mishpatim
How does a convert finish the conversion process? In the times when the Holy Temple stood, it was necessary to bring a sacrificial offering. What do we do now, after the Temple was destroyed? We look closely at the opinion of Maimonides that a convert requires “circumcision, immersion in a mikvah, and when the Temple will be rebuilt, the bringing of an offering.” (Based on Likkutei Sichot, vol. 26, p. 160.)
Majority Rule
Audio | 1:21:17
Majority Rule
How to Study Torah - Mishpatim
Exodus 23:2 teaches us, among many other important legal principles, that we must follow the majority in a dispute between judges. What other axioms of Jewish law do we learn from this verse?
Parsha Gems: Mishpatim
Audio | 1:03:33
Parsha Gems: Mishpatim
Study some of the highlights of the weekly Torah portion with insights from various commentaries.
The Guarantor
Audio | 56:04
The Guarantor
Parsha Mishpatim
Tractate Bava Basra concludes with a discussion of which type of guarantor must make an official "kinyan" obligating himself at the time of the loan. In this class, we will analyze a dispute between the Babylonian and Jerusalem Talmuds plus the deeper, spiritual meaning behind this legal concept. Based on Likkutei Sichos, vol. 26, p.145.
The Prohibition of Milk and Meat
Parshah Power - Mishpatim
In middle of the many logical mitzvahs – most dealing with civil law – that are enumerated in the parshah of Mishpatim, the Torah mentions the super-rational prohibition of cooking milk and meat (Genesis.23:19); what’s the significance?
How to Liberate Yourself
Life Lessons from Parshat Mishpatim
The portion of Mishpatim contains many mitzvahs and details related to civil law. The first law, which is about the Jewish servant, conveys a profound teaching in attaining true freedom.
Parshah Insights: Mishpatim
Torah Interpretations of the Rebbe
The Servant
Audio | 40:30
The Servant
Parsha Mishpatim
The very first law the Torah records after the account of the giving of the Torah is the law of the Jewish bondsman. This is most puzzling for a number of reasons including the fact that the Torah discourages the ‘acquisition’ of servants, and in fact historically it was an unusual occurrence. Why then would this subject be the Torah’s first choice? This talk offers a compelling answer, relevant to all. (Likutei Sichos vol.16)
Refugees, Migrants and Foreign Spirits
Parshah Curiosities: Mishpatim
The wide range of mitzvot found in Parshat Mishpatim includes an admonition to treat foreigners preferentially, for “you yourself were foreigners in Egypt.” But why should personal refugee history be the reason to treat a stranger appropriately? Shouldn’t the right thing be done regardless of past experiences? Join us for this profound and timely teaching that seeks to solve a biblical mystery while introducing inspiring secrets about righteous converts, and the ancient sacred souls they successfully lay claim to.
Parshah Mnemonics: Mishpatim
Decoding the hidden messages
The parsha of Mishpatim contains 118 verses and the mnemonic are the names Uziel and Chanani. Explore the coded message in the mnemonic and its connection to the general themes of the Parshah.
The Talmud’s 3 Gateways to Personal Growth
Jewish criminal and civil law are discussed in a triad of tractates named Bava Kama (First Gate), Bava Metziah (Middle Gate), and Bava Batra (Final Gate). This class reveals the spiritual dimension of these laws as an illuminating roadmap to self-refinement.
Medical Morals
Audio | 1:05:55
Medical Morals
A penetrating presentation on the ethical practice of medicine, ultimately addressing questions like: if G-d is the ultimate Healer, why are we permitted to heal, and is the practice of medicine a moral obligation? The entire lecture is ultimately based on a fuller and proper understanding of but two words of Scripture, which speak to us in the context of the obligation to indemnify victims of assault and battery. Many profound insights, fascinating historical tidbits and sacred traditions are mixed to provide an authentic Torah perspective on the science of healing.
A Half-a-Buck of Marriage Advice
The original Half-Shekel contribution is presented as a relationship repair medium with G-d (famously framed in terms of a cosmic marriage), which was weakened by the tragic (adulterously defined) Golden Calf debacle. This annual event is thusly portrayed as an annual envelope to nurture continued connection; shedding light on the hallmark of healthy marriages. Yet, although gift-giving is a logical commonly employed remedial strategy, the unusual limitations imposed seem entirely out of place. Ensuing Kabbalah-based elucidation of the subject also reveals secret recipes to marriage enhancement and realization of Shalom in the home!
Should Courts Focus on the Criminal or the Victim?
Exploring Rashi’s commentary on the fine for stealing an ox or sheep
In explaining the law of how much a thief pays for an animal he’s stolen and killed, Rashi unpacks the question of whether the courts should focus on retribution or compensation.
A Kid in Its Mother’s Milk
Audio | 36:44
A Kid in Its Mother’s Milk
Exploring Rashi’s commentary on the prohibition of milk and meat
Why would the Torah repeat the same instruction three times? Learn Rashi’s surprising interpretation and a powerful take-home message.
Living Life to the Fullest
Each of us is here with a unique mission; how do we master it? A perplexing statement of R. Yochanan ben Zakai shortly before his passing, offers direction in how to live every day to the fullest. (Based on Likkutei Sichos vol. 16 Mishpatim)
How Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka Taught Us to Find Our Inner Compass
The portion of Mishpatim starts with practical laws and teaches us how to apply the inspiration of revelation to every day living. This coincides this year with the yahrztzeit of the Rebbetzin, who through her private life taught us how to strengthen our inner values and become world leaders.
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