Shabbat Shalom: Mishpatim

Posted on February 17, 2023

Shabbat Shalom!

Shabbat Greetings:

Torah Question of the Week: How do you think people should treat those over whom they have control? How should soldiers behave in war? Do the same rules of ethical behavior apply? In this week’s Torah portion, we learn of many laws regarding how we must treat other people and the punishments for violating them and causing injury and death to others. These include the commandment not to wrong or oppress a stranger and the commandment not to mistreat the widow and orphan. Each week, we learn more about wartime atrocities being committed in Ukraine, including war crimes against civilians. How do you think laws of ethical behavior can be applied in open conflict?

A special note about tonight’s D’var Torah by Genya Mallach: This month’s Tikkun Olam (“Repairing the World”) theme is refugees and our responsibility to help them. Genya will speak tonight about the history of the Jews in Ukraine, the devastating effects of the Russian invasion, the efforts of countries and organizations to help the people, especially the State of Israel. It will be a powerful D’Var Torah and we encourage you to attend in person or online!

Tonight’s Kabbalat Shabbat service is at 8:00 p.m. and tomorrow’s Shabbat Mishpacha morning service is at 10:00 a.m. Both services are multi-access: in person and on Zoom.  To register to come in person, please go to The Zoom links can be found in the Shabbat Preview.

Shabbat Shalom!

— Rabbi Rubin : )