[These Are the] Rules

Exodus 21:1−24:18

When Is Mishpatim Read?

/ 24 Shevat 5785
/ 27 Shevat 5786
/ 29 Shevat 5787


  • Interpersonal laws ranging from the treatment of slaves to the exhibition of kindness to strangers are listed. (21:1-23:9)
  • Cultic laws follow, including the commandment to observe the Sabbatical Year, a repetition of the Sabbath injunction, the first mention of the Three Pilgrimage Festivals, rules of sacrificial offerings, and the prohibition against boiling a kid in its mother's milk. (23:10-19)
  • The people assent to the covenant. Moses, Aaron, Nadab, Abihu, and seventy elders of Israel ascend the mountain and see God. Moses goes on alone and spends forty days on the mountain. (24:1-18)

Ten Minutes of Torah: Mishpatim Commentary

an image of a watch half burried in sand

“Don’t Delay”

By: Jonathan K. Crane

A discussion a few weeks ago with my son about watches made me wonder about the value of time and punctuality and their importance. I stumbled upon this issue again when reading the religious stipulations listed in this week's parashah.

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People of the book - dive in to a video! Author and professor David Henkin talks about the act of writing in this week's Torah Portion in an attempt to discover what we need books for, anyway. Enjoy this video and others from Bim Bam.

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