The Portion of Mishpatim

02/8/15

These are the rules that you shall set before them:
Exodus 21:1
Moshe went inside the cloud and ascended the mountain; and Moshe remained on the mountain forty days and forty nights.
Exodus 24:18

This week’s portion leaves the narrative behind and focuses instead on Torah law. It deals extensively with case law between man and man, but also includes a number of laws between man and God. It is concerned with justice and righteous behavior. As the Israel Bible points out, the juxtaposition of the case law in our portion with the religious obligations of the Ten Commandments at the end of the last portion, teaches that religion requires not only faith, but ethical conduct, as well.