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Michelangelo once said, “I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.”
The essence of every Jew is a beautiful perfect soul. It is unmarred by ego, immaturity, insecurity, obsession, or any other form of human weakness. This beautiful soul, more pristine than the angel in …

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Time for Torah

February 3, 2024 – 9:09 pm | Comments Off on Time for Torah238 views
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Mishpatim: Time for Torah
The morning after our ancestors arrived at Sinai, Moses presented G-d’s proposal to appoint them His precious treasure, a kingdom of ministers, and a holy nation. Their reply: “All that G-d said, we will do.”[1]
Two days later, Moses told them that G-d would issue the Ten Commandments …

Clean Up the Mess

February 14, 2023 – 9:50 pm | Comments Off on Clean Up the Mess1,868 views
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Mishpatim: Clean Up the Mess
Clean up the mess is what our Torah portion is all about. G-d made a messy world. One in which humans steal from each other, abuse each other, and damage each other’s property. A world in which animals wreak havoc and must be watched with an …

Mishpatim: The Little Guy

January 22, 2022 – 8:58 pm | Comments Off on Mishpatim: The Little Guy874 views
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We often think of ourselves as the little guy. There are all kinds of important people in the world who do important things. I am just a little guy and I do little things.
We even back it up with an argument. The more important something is, the scarcer it tends …

Mishpatim: The Robinhood Culture

February 10, 2021 – 10:04 pm | Comments Off on Mishpatim: The Robinhood Culture5,421 views
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Unless You’ve been living under a rock, you know about the Robinhood fiasco. In brief, several large hedge funds shorted stocks in several companies including one called GameStop. A group of smaller investors colluded to prop up these stocks with a frenzied buying program, costing the hedge funds billions of …

Mishpatim: We Matter

February 20, 2020 – 10:22 am | Comments Off on Mishpatim: We Matter1,393 views
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When you read the Torah portion that we chant in the synagogue this week, you wonder why G-d even cares. Does the Creator of heaven and earth have nothing better to do with His time than devise laws about the differences between liabilities carried by paid and unpaid custodians? Does …

Mishpatim: Finding G-d

January 26, 2019 – 10:39 pm | Comments Off on Mishpatim: Finding G-d1,951 views
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Finding G-d in the synagogue is no big deal, that is where you expect Him to be. Finding G-d in your home can be a little trickier, but still not so surprising. Finding G-d at your place of work or at play, in a social setting, at a party, or …

Mishpatim: Sift and Sort

February 4, 2018 – 2:27 pm | Comments Off on Mishpatim: Sift and Sort2,478 views
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The Torah portion that follows the awe-inspiring story of Mount Sinai, presents formulaic monetary laws and laws of personal injury. Why should the resolution of petty squabbles be the first subject to follow the Sinai event, which surely placed our ancestors on a higher plane? Many answers have been offered, …

Mishpatim: Why Should I?

February 18, 2017 – 8:58 pm | Comments Off on Mishpatim: Why Should I?2,692 views
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The Big Question
A young lady asked me why she should obey G-d’s many instructions in the Torah. She understands that without G-d she would not exist and feels that she owes it to him, but she feels that G-d forced her into this bargain without asking her. Why did He …