Shabbat and Candle Lighting for Friday, February 1, 2019 / 27 Shevat 5779
Light Shabbat candles at 5:41 p.m
ngregation Kehillah and Friends,
This Shabbat we study
Parashat Mishpatim, a continuation of last week's
parashain which we received the Ten Commandments, broad principles for life.
Mishpatimcontains the details of 53 laws that will govern the relationships between people including civil law, torts (damages), administration of justice, laws against the mistreatment of foreigners and the commandment for prayer. The
parashaalso includes the requirement for every Israelite to contribute one-half shekel to the sanctuary, suggesting that the community needs every one of us to contribute our part, and that only when we each contribute our 'half', will the contribution be whole.
Also included is the incredible cry of
na'aseh v'nishma(we will do and we will understand), underscoring that our ancestors agreed to be bound to the commandments before they had the opportunity or need to comprehend what they were about. Note that they responded in the plural, indicating our collective responsibility to one another.
A kavannah for candle lighting for Parashat Mishpatim
May I be able to truly hear and respond to what my loved ones, friends and community need and be present for them, even before my own need to understand.
Parshat Mishpatim we also find the commandment to
Parshat Mishpatim: What The Bible Says About Money Lending
provide interest-free lending, which is the inspiration
behind Jewish Free Loan Associations. Click on the video link for an entertaining explanation of the connection between
Parshat Mishpatim and money lending. You can find out about our local Jewish Free Loan Association at jewishfreeloan.org.