Mishpatim: Forces of the Upper World

The Sefer HaChinuch explains that the mitzvah to destroy sorcerers is based on the foundation that HASHEM created a perfect world. Everything in this world has a plan and a purpose, and everything is in exact balance. To maintain a perfect physical world, HASHEM created a spiritual world to guide it. From the stars and planets, down to the trees and grass, behind every physical entity is a spiritual counterpart that is responsible for its…






Mishpatim: Hashem’s Love of Man

In Parshas Mishpatim, the Torah delineates various prohibitions and punishments. With regard to stealing, we see something unusual. If a man steals a cow, he must pay back five times the amount that he stole, however, if he stole a sheep, he must pay back four times the amount. Rashi is troubled by the difference in punishments. He explains that the difference lies not in the crime, but in the mental state of the thief….






Mishpatim: The Effect of an Action

The Torah tells us that if a sheep or goat is killed while grazing, it is called a treifa and should be given to the dogs to eat. Rashi explains that this is a reward for what the dogs did. When the Jewish People left Mitzraim, not a single dog barked. Since that was a kiddush HASHEM, for generations all treifas are to be fed to the dogs in repayment for what they did. How…






Mishpatim: Learning Torah- That was Easy

The Dos Zakainim teaches us that “before them” means before the Jews and not before the gentiles. The Torah is for the Jewish people exclusively. He then brings an example of this concept. On the inside of almost every Chumash is the Targum written by Onkolus. While Onkolus became a profound talmid chacham, that wasn’t his beginning. He was a gentile, the nephew of the Caesar Adrianna. He became aware of the truth and desired…






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