Parasha: Mishpatim

Turning Memory into Empathy: The Torah’s Ethical Charge

One of the Torah’s central projects is to turn memory into empathy and moral responsibility. Appealing to our experience of defenselessness in Egypt, the Torah seeks to transform us into people who see those who are vulnerable and exposed rather than looking past them. Parashat Mishpatim contains perhaps the most

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Filling the Earth with God’s Presence

Haftarah Yitro from last week includes words so important they were made part of the service: “Holy, holy, holy! All the earth is filled with the presence of the Lord of Hosts.” Or it could be, if we made room for that presence. Making room for God is a task

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