Shabbat Mishpatim 5782

After reading about God’s will in terms of big-picture commandments, this week’s Torah reading turns to laser-focus detail. Parshat Mishpatim demonstrates a shift from narrative, which has been the genre of the Torah up to this point, to an emphasis on law. But at the end of the portion, we find another narrative–and an alternate telling of the moment of revelation, including Israel’s ratification of the covenant with God.
My goal in offering the weekly musical scavenger hunt is to entice people to read the Torah portion carefully, as well as to have some fun with music. This week in particular, I felt the desire to urge us to dig into the parshah and listen to the music. Even if you don’t care for the video clips, it’s worthwhile to read the parshah anyway! For those who want to play along, why did I think of these songs?
Rufus du Sol
Nelly with Tim McGraw
Jane’s Addiction
George Michael and Wham!
Manfred Mann covers Bruce
Kaleo, Iceland’s Most Famous Band
Answers will be revealed after Shabbat ma’ariv and havdalah, which begins this week at 5:40 PM. Remember that through the end of January, we are having minhah at 12:30 PM, after morning services and kiddush.
Wishing you a Shabbat Shalom and happy listening,
Rabbi David Wise
Candle lighting: 4:49 PM
Torah Reading: Exodus 21:1-24:18
Haftarah: Jeremiah 34:8-22; 33:25-26