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Mishpatim

Halacha = Motion
What to do when you get "stuck in a rut" with regards to Judaism
Gratitude to a Boy Named Christopher (and His Dad)
I decided to overcome my “stranger danger” to tell Christopher’s dad how much I appreciated their kindness, and I complimented him on the fine job he was doing raising his son.
Become a
Parshat Mishpatim
Moses warned the nation as they were on the cusp of entering the Land of Israel to never forget the true source of their wealth and achievement.
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.
Help the Poor Body!
“In the human being,” explained Rabbi Schneur Zalman, “there are ‘rich’ organs, such as the mind and heart, and ‘poor’ organs, like the stomach. I refuse to remain in a city where they torture the poor!”
Under New Management
The muad in our service of G‑d
The Spirit of the Laws
My dark, curly hair was a constant reminder of my minority status. I never saw this as a negative aspect to my identity. On the contrary, I relished my membership in a global club of Jewish people all over the world . . .
Eating at Mount Sinai
Jews, food, and the giving of the Torah
There’s no such thing as a Jewish event without food, right? So why should the giving of the Torah at Sinai be an exception? An analysis of the celebratory feast at Sinai.
'Til the Lights Go Out
Nourishing our souls, illuminating the world
Torah does not support asceticism, the closed walls of a monastery and a life apart from the bones of the body. We are asked to eat the cookie—or kasha—but to ever remain the master of that act . . .
Divinity Is in the Details
An Essay on Parshat Mishpatim
The contraction that manifests itself in Parshat Mishpatim exists in the nature of the world as well. In our lives, the most profound and uplifting things are found precisely in the mundane details of the daily routine.
Did Maimonides Accept Contemporary Converts as Jewish?
What are the steps that are designed for entering the faith? Can they be done without the temple standing in Jerusalem? And what is the lesson for everyone?
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