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Sustainable Judaism - Parashat Mishpatim (Exodus 21:1-24:18)

Parashat Mishpatim (Exodus 21:1-24:18)

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/torah_portion/article/sustainable_judaism_-_parashat_mishpatim_exodus_211-2418_20110125

We are told that Pharaoh was punished harshly for enslaving the Israelites. But why does the Torah sanction slavery? And how am I supposed to respect the weaker strata of society — such as the converts, the sojourners, the widows and orphans — if I allow myself to enslave another human being and treat him as my property?

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