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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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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 . . .”
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.
Growing Weekly: Parshat Mishpatim
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...
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)
You should give him many gifts from your flock, your threshing floor, or from your wine vat, [or] you should give him from whatever G-d, your G-d, has blessed you with. -- Devarim 15:14 To whom is one obligated to give severance gifts? (v. 14) Talmud: "Wh...
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