It’s All Religious Law! Thoughts on Parshat Mishpatim

The bulk of this week’s parsha discusses laws between man and his fellow man. For example, damages to others property, borrowing items etc. The parsha introduces these laws as “And these are the laws…” (Shemot 21:1).

Rashi comments that the word and (or in Hebrew the letter Vav) connotes a connection between this week’s parsha and last week’s parsha. The connection, Rashi points out, is a thematic one. That just like the Ten Commandments (Ten Statements, or Aseret Hadibrot) are mentioned at Har Sinai in last weeks parsha so to these laws were also mentioned at Har Sinai.

While these laws tend to overlap with many “ Civil laws” in the secular society that many Jews have lived in and live in until this day, we must not forget that our divine system of law also takes into property or helping someone in trouble on the side of the road we must never forget the Torah gives us a way to deal with such situations and that Judaism is all encompassing and concerned with all aspects of our lives.

May Moschiach come soon!
Good Shabbos, Shabbat Shalom, Gut Shabbes.
Yerushalayim Ir Hakodesh, Shevat,5776

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Gidon Herschander made aliyah in August 2015 and currently lives in Jerusalem Israel. He loves Torah, living in Israel, engaging and posting via social media, and blogging about Aliyah, Life In Israel, Torah, Being young and a variety of other topics