Parsha “Mishpatim” (Exodus/Shemot chapters 21 through 24) is one of the most ordinance, or “judgment-packed” in the Torah. It’s also very NOT ‘politically-correct,’ and thus most often ignored. And all the more so because it’s a vital reminder of all of the elements of “slavery” that are more relevant than ever, as once-free peoples return to the bondage Scripture warned us about.
The Erev Shabbat overview takes a look at all of the mishpatim, how they relate, and the final part of that story:
There is so much “meat” in this portion that a ‘deeper look’ into the themes could go in many different ways. But THIS year, Mark suggests that, in “such a time as this,” we start the way He does – in context – and that means slavery, then and now.
Especially when that path leads directly to the mask, the poke, and the mark of the beast.
“Miahpatim: What IS ‘Slavery’?”
The combined two-part teaching is here, via the page from Hebrew Nation Radio.