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Edot, Chukim & Mishpatim

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The name of our parshah is Mishpatim, which means "laws." There are several words for "law" in Hebrew. All have a similar meaning, but a slightly different nuance. Mishpatim, or "judgements," means laws which can easily be un...
Our Sages differentiate between the rational mitzvot (mishpatim) and the supra-rational mitzvot (chukim); a third, intermediate category are the "testimonial" or commemorative mitzvot (eidot). But in essence, says the Rebbe, the most rational mishpat is a...
Parshat Mishpatim begins, "And these are the laws that ‘tasim’ [you shall set] ‘lifnayhem’ [before them]." Exodus 21:1. On the word lifnayhem, there are several different explanations. One of the explanations of the Talmud Talmud, Gittin 88b. is brought b...
Our world has succeeded in defining the "rightful" sphere of religious influence, immunizing other aspects of life of the demands and criteria of religion.
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