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Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Rosner’s Torah Talk: Parshat Mishpatim with Rabbi Leon Wiener Dow

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Rabbi Leon Wiener Dow is the head of the beit midrash at Kolot, and I teach at Bina’s Secular Yeshiva in Tel Aviv. His latest book, The Going, A Meditation of Jewish Law, was the winner of the 2018 National Jewish Book Award in the area of Contemporary Jewish Life and Practice.

In this parsha G‑d legislates a series of laws for the people. These include the laws of the indentured servant; the punishment for murder, kidnapping and theft; civil laws pertaining to redress of damages, the granting of loans; the rules governing the conduct of justice by courts of law. Also included are laws warning against mistreatment of foreigners and the observance of the festivals (such as Sukkott).

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Our conversation focuses on the scary transition from slavery to freedom.

 

 

Previous Talks on Mishaptim include: Rabbi Peter Berg, Rabbi Brigiitte Rosenberg, Rabbi Daniel Weiner, Rabbi Daniel Greyber. Check them out here

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Shmuel Rosner’s book #IsraeliJudaism, Portrait of a Cultural Revolution (with Prof. Camil Fuchs) is available on Amazon.

 

 

 

 

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