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God’s Nudge
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First in Yitro there were the Aseret Hadibrot, the “ten utterances” or general principles. Now in Mishpatim come the details. Here is how they begin: If you buy a Hebrew servant, he is to serve you for six years. But in the seventh year, he shall go free, without paying anything . . . But […]
Reflections on Empathy
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My long-standing interest in the concept of “empathy” has two sources. Early in my postgraduate training, I became familiar with the important role that empathy plays in successful psychotherapy. As the eminent psychotherapist Carl Rogers wrote, “Empathy is the accurate understanding of the other person’s world as seen from the inside.” In colloquial terms, a […]
Majestic Mandates
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Shiur provided courtesy of Summary by Channie Koplowitz Stein             Parshat Mishpatim begins with the verse, “Ve’eilah… And these are the ordinances you shall place before them,” and continues with all sorts of torts and laws about monetary obligations. Rashi immediately explains that the letter vov/and at the beginning of the word always connects […]