This past Shabbat we read from the Torah portion Mishpatim about the ordinances set before the Israelites. Apparently, the Ten Commandments, important as they may be, are insufficient to guide a proper social structure. For a better understanding of what is expected of us, the text offers clear guidance on a wide variety of circumstances that differ in complexity and nuance.
For example: “If an ox gores a man or a woman to death, the ox shall surely be stoned and its flesh shall not be eaten; but the owner of the ox shall go unpunished.” In this case, the underlying presumption is...Read More
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