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Hebrew Servant, Law of: If a Jew stole and could not afford to make restitution, the courts would sell him into servitude for a six year term and payment from his "sale" would go towards paying his debt. A poor person could also choose to sell himself into servitude.
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Study the daily lesson of Sefer HaMitzvos for day 285 with Rabbi Mendel Kaplan, where he teaches the mitzvah in-depth with added insight and detail.
On the mystical significance of the "Hebrew Slave"
“It is true,” announced R. Leib, “that according to the law the plaintiff must take his suit to the defendant’s locale; but since in this case ‘there is no place devoid of His presence,’ we will try the case here in Shpoli . . .”
Learning Likutei Sichos vol. 16, Parsha Mishpatim
Why is the "Jewish servant" the first lesson after the Giving of the Torah?
Exploring Rashi’s commentary on the kids being freed
In ancient times, a destitute man could sell himself as a slave. Are his children enslaved with him? A fascinating insight with a powerful lesson about our difficult Jewish history.
Used to describe a person or an attitude, NIMBY is an abbreviation for Not In My Back Yard.
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 his...
Study the daily lesson of Sefer HaMitzvos for day 286 with Rabbi Mendel Kaplan, where he teaches the mitzvah in-depth with added insight and detail.
Parsha Behar
The Sages say that he who acquires a slave acquires a master for himself. What are the rules that govern indentured servitude? Maimonides "Laws of Slaves" is used as a primary source. (Based on Likkutei Sichos vol. 37)
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