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Mishpatim (Exodus 21:1-24:8), Shabbat Shekalim (Exodus 30:11-16)

Chaos.  Law.  Orders coming down from above, some incomprehensible.  And what will we do with the resident aliens in our midst?  I refer, of course, to this week’s Torah portion, Mishpatim (statutes). First:  Shabbat Shekalim is the first of four … Continue reading

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Mishpatim (Exodus 21:1-24:8)

Chaos and legal systems are intimately linked, and not (just) because the latter are designed to eliminate the former. This week, after three humdinger, action-filled portions, our Torah reading is about the foundations of the society the Israelites are in … Continue reading

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