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Shabbat Mishpatim (Ex. 21:1-24:18)

Courtesy of Julie Seltzer and MyJewishLearning.com

Parasha Mishpatim continues the idea of forging a moral people out of the slaves who have left Egypt. Laws concerning slaves (who’da thunk? The slaves gots slaves?), what to do with misbehaving oxen, kosher laws and (as a parent) my all time favorite:

“And he that insults his father or his mother, is to be put-to-death, yes, death.”

As mentioned, this portion has the first appearance of the statement “you should not boil a kid in its mother’s milk” (it shows up 3 times in the whole Torah).

So…. Limited only by the category of food assigned, please bring something with the Kosher laws “in mind”.

This is NOT a trick question, but neither is it a request for kosher food. I want you to make a choice about the kosher laws – how you feel about them, their relevance (or your opinion about their relevance) etc. What you bring and/or how it was prepared should reflect that view.


Not sure what this Torah portion is about? You can find a brief summary in The Edible Torah’s “Condensed Guide to the Weekly Torah Readings”. For more information on what The Edible Torah is all about, along with insight on how to set up a pot-luck Shabbat experience, check out “The Edible Torah”.

2 Responses to “Shabbat Mishpatim (Ex. 21:1-24:18)”

  1. Does the challah represent an eye for a eye, tooth for a tooth? What are the other elements? We might do something along the lines of halal goat in coconut milk…

    • leon says:

      Great question!

      Per Julie Silver’s commments (here):

      “The Hebrew literally reads: “Eye UNDER eye, tooth UNDER tooth,” etc. That’s why the challahs are on top of each other. It is literally an eye under an eye.”

      And congratulations to be the first official visitor to ask about the challah images in the comment area! Now I have to figure out what the prize will be.

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