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Mishpatim Videos

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Mishpatim Parshah Report
This week’s Itche Kadoozy show is about the civil laws presented in Parshat Mishpatim. Or at least it would be if it wasn’t interrupted by a commercial for Larry Goldstein’s Law Firm.
Would You Hurt a Fly?
Cruelty towards animals is strictly forbidden by the Torah. For two distinct reasons: one intrinsic to the life of the animal itself; the other extrinsic, yet no less important ... indeed, perhaps even more important.
What Do You Know About Your Great-Grandparents?
Mount Sinai vs. the Temple Mount offers perspective
Judaism’s Most Profound Teaching
Parshat Mishpatim
Last week’s parshah describes the majesty of the giving of the Torah, a spiritually life-transforming experience. Why is it followed by the laws of negligent damages?
Torah in Ten: Mishpatim
Topics include: the kabbalistic meaning of “an eye for an eye,” the prohibition against cooking a calf in its mother’s milk as a precaution against spiritual narcissism, and why the Torah describes G‑d as a “consuming fire.”
Are You a Guardian or a Borrower?
Something Spiritual on Parshat Mishpatim
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.
The Servant
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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)
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.)
Jewish Courts
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Jewish Courts
Practical Parshah - Mishpatim
The strict prohibition against two Jewish litigants taking their case to secular courts.
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.
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?
Marrying G-d
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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.
Majority Rule
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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
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Parsha Gems: Mishpatim
Study some of the highlights of the weekly Torah portion with insights from various commentaries.
Parshah Insights: Mishpatim
Torah Interpretations of the Rebbe
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.
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.
Medical Morals
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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.
How to Get Your Child to Love Being Jewish
All the rules and restrictions of Torah seem to present a challenge in imparting to our kids an excitement for Judaism. Explore useful ideas and techniques based on teachings from the parsha.
Learning the Haftorah: Mishpatim
The weekly portion from the Prophets
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.
A Witness of G-d
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A Witness of G-d
The Torah prohibits speaking falsehood and bearing false witness in court. The codifiers list this as just one of Judaism’s 365 negative commandments. Yet Maimonides singles out the offense as one of the most disgraceful in Torah.
Fiery Passion, Good or Bad?
Something Spiritual on Parshat Mishpatim
To Know Your Bias
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To Know Your Bias
Something Spiritual on Parshat Mishpatim
How to Stay Inspired
Growing Weekly: Parshat Mishpatim
Take Care of Your Enemy
Soul Boost for Parshat Mishpatim
The Guarantor
Video | 40:00
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.
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Parsha Mishpatim
What are the responsibilities of a person who is paid to watch an article for someone else? What if it is done as an unpaid favor? Four different kinds of bailees are compared to their spiritual counterparts as four approaches to the service of G-d.
Not to Mix Milk and Meat
The Torah prohibits the mixture of milk and meat. Understanding this mitzvah on five levels.
Man’s Marital Obligations
The mitzvah to provide for your wife
Explore the inner meaning of the husband’s three obligations to his wife as prescribed in the Torah.
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
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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.
The Balance of Intellect and Faith
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The Balance of Intellect and Faith
Learning Likutei Sichos vol. 16, Parsha Mishpatim
'Eved Ivri' Following the Giving of the Torah
Learning Likutei Sichos vol. 16, Parsha Mishpatim
Why is the "Jewish servant" the first lesson after the Giving of the Torah?
A Culture of Freedom
Rabbi Gordon - Mishpatim: 1st Portion
Rabbi Gordon - Mishpatim: 3rd Portion
Rabbi Gordon - Mishpatim: 5th Portion
Slavery in the Torah
A general introduction to the concept of slavery and how it was practiced according to Biblical law.
Mayanot Moment - Mishpatim
Two levels in the contract between the Jewish people and G-d are represented by two different accounts of the giving of the Torah. Presenter: Rabbi Kaplan
Reaching for the Divine
Four soul stages in our journey to the divine
The constant struggle to attain a deeper connection to G-d. Tracing the Kabbalistic dimensions of these stages and how they correspond to various aspects of our religious experience. (Based on a discourse of the Lubavitcher Rebbe.)
Meat & Milk Repetition
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Meat & Milk Repetition
Exploring Rashi’s commentary on the duplicate prohibition
The Torah repeats the law against mixing meat and milk in this Torah portion. Rashi explains what new insight the Torah expects us to gain from the repetition.
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