Welcome to Torah portion Mishpatim.
Mishpatim means judgments.
Scripture passage: Exodus 21:1-24:18
Read Aloud from My First Torah
YHVH gave the Hebrews many instructions for living.
He wanted them to know how to handle everyday situations.
We can follow these instructions to help us treat others fairly.
When the Hebrews owned a servant, they had to set him free after six years.
If a servant loved his master, he could stay with him forever.
We should honor our parents, and never hit or insult them.
When a person hurts another person, they should be punished.
The punishment should not be worse than the crime.
We should do our best to keep things safe for other people.
If someone gets hurt because we were careless, we need to take care of them and help them get better.
A thief must pay back four or five times the price of the item he stole.
If he still has the item, he should pay double the price.
If someone asks us to take care of an item or an animal for them, we should do our very best job.
If something unexpected happens, YHVH tells us what to do.
We should be kind to strangers, widows, and orphans.
We should be fair when helping the poor.
We should always tell the truth.
When we are asked to tell a report, we must be honest, even if someone trys to get us to lie.
We can plant and harvest for six years.
On the seventh year, we let the land have a rest.
Even the land gets to have a Sabbath!
We work hard for six days.
On the seventh day, we get to have a rest.
Strangers, servants, and even animals get to enjoy a Sabbath!
YHVH gave us feasts to celebrate during three different times in the year.
We celebrate Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread in the Spring.
We celebrate Shavuot during the wheat harvest in early summer.
We celebrate Feast of Trumpets, Yom Kippur, and Sukkot in the fall.
YHVH promised the Hebrews that He would go before them on their way to the promised land.
He promised to destroy all the wicked people that already lived there.
The Hebrews were told to only serve YHVH.
They were not to serve any other god.
Then YHVH would bless them with abundant food, animals, children, health and long life.
He would give the Hebrews the land of Israel.
Moses told the Hebrews all the words of YHVH.
They promised to obey all that YHVH said.
So Moses wrote down all the words of YHVH.
He built an altar and twelve pillars, one for each of the twelve tribes of Israel.
The Hebrews made animal sacrifices to YHVH and promised to obey Him.
They accepted YHVH’s covenant, or promises, by promising to obey.
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