Mishpatim 5772

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Categories Media, Torah 5772 (2011 - 2012), Torah Commentary | Tags: , | Posted on February 19, 2012

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  1. by angnes winter

    On February 14, 2015

    Dear Grant Luton,

    I love You all from Bet Tikkun and want to thank You for putting the Torah-Portions and all the other Teachings in the internet.
    I have allways great benefit from hearing it all.

    In the visuals of this weeks portion I have two questions according the Four Deadly Forces:

    – I can not find (Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia, Interlinear) the words מבעה and הבער in 22.4 a. 5. Instead of הבער I find אש , as it would be expected.

    – According ‘Pit’ (21:33-34) I find two different words : בור and בר . What insight might this give?

    – There is also something that I found in 24.12: Not only the ten words were written on the two stones – but also all the assignments from Chapters 21-23 !!!
    “And the LORD said unto Moses, Come up to me into the mount, and be there: and I will give thee tables of stone, and a law, and commandments which I have written; that thou mayest teach them.”
    Law and commandments are ‘Torah’ and ‘Miswah’ . The Miswahs were integrants of the covenant (see 24:3 and 24:4-8) !

    With love and Shalom for Bet Tikkun!

  2. by L. Grant Luton

    On February 27, 2015

    Dear Angnes, You certainly have a keen eye. Keep up the good work! As to the word מבעה, you are correct; it does not appear directly in the text of Exodus 22:4(5). The words that I used to refer to the “Four Deadly Forces” are from b.Talmud Bava Kava 1.1. Exodus 22:4(5) uses the Hebrew word בער (“graze, devour”) three times, so the writers of the Talmud simply used the word “eater” (מבעה) is describe the action.

    As to the word for ‘pit’, it can be spelled with or without the vav (בור or בר).

    As to the entire Torah and commandments being written on the two tablets, I am aware that that is how it sounds in this verse, but other passages (such as Deut. 4:13 “And he declared to you his covenant, which he commanded you to perform, that is, the Ten Commandments, and he wrote them on two tablets of stone” suggest that only the ten commandments were actually written on the two tablets. But it is something to think about!


  3. by Matthew Morrison

    On February 13, 2021

    I recently came across an explanation on milk and meat mitzvah. “Seeth a kid in his mother’s milk” was a idolatrous practice to give one or one’s crops strength and speed.

  4. by L. Grant Luton

    On February 13, 2021

    Yes, Matthew, that is the going theory but there has never been any concrete historical evidence that that is the case. Additionally, if this commandment has to do with idolatry, why is it always found (three times in all – Ex.23:19/34:26/Deut.14:21) in the context of giving either the first fruits offerings or tithes? It doesn’t make sense, unless cooking a kid in its mother’s milk was an ancient idiom for greed. But, who knows?!

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