Mishpatim- Proactive Protection: The Importance of Sticking Together in Difficult Times

Our סדרה, which addresses many of the civil law topics within הלכה, broaches an interesting matter immediately before the end of the third עליה. Coinciding with the halfway point of ספר שמות is the command: אִם-כֶּסֶף תַּלְוֶה אֶת-עַמִּי, אֶת-הֶעָנִי עִמָּךְ–לֹא-תִהְיֶה לוֹ, כְּנֹשֶׁה; לֹא-תְשִׂימוּן עָלָיו, נֶשֶׁךְ. אִם-חָבֹל תַּחְבֹּל, שַׂלְמַת רֵעֶךָ–עַד-בֹּא הַשֶּׁמֶשׁ, תְּשִׁיבֶנּוּ לוֹ. כִּי הִוא כְסוּתֹה […]

Chaye Sara- Ensuring the Apple Doesn’t Fall Far from the Tree

This week’s סדרה opens up with Sarah’s death and a lengthy description of Avraham’s acquiring of מערת המכפלה as a burial ground for her and future generations of Jews. In continuing with פרשת חיי שרה’s theme of life cycle events, Avraham sends his trusted servant Eliezer to find a wife for his son Yitzchak, in […]

Chaye Sara- “Don’t Let Him Marry a Canaanite”: The Danger of Giving up even an Inch of Our Heritage

Continued from: Ensuring the Apple Doesn’t Fall Far from the Tree I would like to return to פרשת חיי שרה to share one more brief idea. Going back to our initial question, we asked why Avraham was so against marrying Yitzchak to a Canaanite girl. Chizkuni brings a completely different but equally relevant answer. He […]

Parshat Misphatim- Sharing the Load

Printer-Friendly version (‘כִּי תִרְאֶה חֲמוֹר שֹׂנַאֲךָ רֹבֵץ תַּחַת מַשָּׂאוֹ וְחָדַלְתָּ מֵעֲזֹב לוֹ עָזֹב תַּעֲזֹב עִמּוֹ (שמות כ”ג:ה” This week’s פרשה, which begins with a detailed description of Jewish Civil Law that G-d teaches to משה on הר סיני, follows with מוסר on judging people fairly. Then, seemingly out of nowhere, we see a very interesting […]