Torah Pearls #18 – Mishpatim (Exodus 21:1-24:18)

Torah Pearls Mishpatim, Exodus 21:1-24:18, commandments, Torah Pearls, torah portion, Nehemia Gordon, torah pearls, mount sinaiThis episode of The Original Torah Pearls is on the Torah portion of Mishpatim (Exodus 21:1-24:18). We tackle the Biblical issue of slavery and then move on to issues of debt, abortion, ending with a discussion about the process of the revelation of Scripture.


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9 thoughts on “Torah Pearls #18 – Mishpatim (Exodus 21:1-24:18)

  1. As always, I love the torah pearls. However, I feel this episode was getting a little too political. I know it may be necessary to talk about todays issue to help in understanding, but I for one am sick of hearing politics. Lets not ruin a good thing.

  2. Shalom brothers and sisters! Concerning the issue of what was given and what was not, on the mount. There is ambiguity here and it is purposeful. These issues are madning and to say that YHVH gave 100% on the mount. Did not Adams boys know Torah concerning sacrifice and that which is acceptable and what was not?, even to the point of sin and righteousness? Soooooo, then we can asuridly say that Torah existed and was given way back then! How much one may acceptably ask? ENOUGH is the answer. Adam and Chavvah positively had access to Torah knowledge and KNEW it. The long physical life folks experienced in those times proves it. The only important pertinent question concerning our present Torah portion is, how did Torah become available “in the beginning”? This is rather a simple quest but must precede with prerequisites to comprehend. For another venue perhaps. NOW,,,, can we please “nail down” the fact that Torah knowledge has existed from the beginning of physical man and leave behind the madness? I personally would appreciate being “less mad” in these troubled times! Blessings to all and yes to our rather madning president too! LOL

  3. Nehemia, your guess about the number of slaves in America before the 13th compared to today was close but today the number of slaves by the definition of the13th amendment is half of the number as of 1860 prior to the enactment of the 13th.
    See:
    http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slave_Trade_Compromise_and_Fugitive_Slave_Clause
    And
    http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Us_prison_population#/search

    Thank you for this enlightened view of what slavery truly is…

  4. Regarding a thief or a breaking and entering as well as an attack on ones person. This appears to be a case where self defense is mandatory. Especially when the ‘Good Samaritan’ law is on the slate in many countries. Martyrdom is not a righteous option as some see it, but, a self righteous action on the part of a number in Christian history. Else why did Yeshua pray to Yehovah and ask three times if this could be done some other way? BTW a can of ‘wasp’ or ‘bear’ spray is very effective up to 25 feet away if firearms are not an option.

  5. For the first time in several years I feel so protected by God’s love. Exodus 22:22,23 where it says about widow and a child without a father. My father died when I was 17, so my mum, sister and I had a lot of difficulties. Now I see that God has a higher standard for us, who were unprotected, and He protected us with His love.

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