Torah Portion of the Week: Imbuing Faith With Decency

Most of the commandments mentioned in Parashat Mishpatim deal with social matters and are justified by means of arguments that appeal not just to religious faith, but also to logic and emotion.

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One of the many laws described in Parashat Mishpatim (Exodus 21:1-24:18) deals with loans – “If thou lend money to any of my people, to the poor with thee” (Exodus 22:24) – and includes two prohibitions. First...