Parsha MishpatimExodus 21 1 to 24 18First PortionExodus Chapter 21And these are the ordinances that you shall set before them.Should you buy a Hebrew slave, he shall work for six years, and in the seventh year, he shall go out to freedom without charge.If he comes in alone, he shall go out alone; if he is a married man, his wife shall go out with him.If his master gives him a wife, and she bears him sons or daughters, the woman and her children shall belong to her master, and he shall go out alone.But if the slave says, I love my master, my wife, and my children. I will not go free,his master shall bring him to the judges, and he shall bring him to the door or to the doorpost, and his master shall bore his ear with an awl, and he shall serve him forever.Now if a man sells his daughter as a maidservant, she shall not go free as the slaves go free.If she is displeasing to her master, who did not designate her for himself, then he shall enable her to be redeemed; he shall not rule over her to sell her to another person, when he betrays her.And if he designates her for his son, he shall deal with her according to the law of the daughters of Israel.If he takes another wife for himself, he shall not diminish her sustenance, her clothing, or her marital relations.And if he does not do these three things for her, she shall go free without charge, without payment of money.One who strikes a man so that he dies shall surely be put to death.But one who did not stalk him, but God brought it about into his hand, I will make a place for you to which he shall flee.But if a man plots deliberately against his friend to slay him with cunning, even from My altar you shall take him to die.And one who strikes his father or his mother shall surely be put to death.And whoever kidnaps a man and sells him, and he is found in his possession, shall surely be put to death.And one who curses his father or his mother shall surely be put to death.And if men quarrel, and one strikes the other with a stone or with a fist, and he does not die but is confined to his bed,if he gets up and walks about outside on his support, the assailant shall be cleared; he shall give only payment for his enforced idleness, and he shall provide for his cure.Second PortionAnd should a man strike his manservant or his maidservant with a rod, and that one die under his hand, he shall surely be avenged.But if he survives for a day or for two days, he shall not be avenged, because he is his property.And should men quarrel and hit a pregnant woman, and she miscarries but there is no fatality, he shall surely be punished, when the woman's husband makes demands of him, and he shall give restitution according to the judges' orders.But if there is a fatality, you shall give a life for a life,an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, a hand for a hand, a foot for a foot,a burn for a burn, a wound for a wound, a bruise for a bruise.And if a man strikes the eye of his manservant or the eye of his maidservant and destroys it, he shall set him free in return for his eye,and if he knocks out the tooth of his manservant or the tooth of his maidservant, he shall set him free in return for his tooth.And if a bull gores a man or a woman and that one dies, the bull shall surely be stoned, and its flesh shall not be eaten, and the owner of the bull is clear.But if it is a habitually goring bull since yesterday and the day before yesterday, and its owner had been warned, but he did not guard it, and it puts to death a man or a woman, the bull shall be stoned, and also its owner shall be put to death,insofar as ransom shall be levied upon him, he shall give the redemption of his soul according to all that is levied upon him.Or if it gores a young boy or a young girl, according to this ordinance shall be done to him.If the bull gores a manservant or a maidservant, he shall give silver in the amount of thirty shekels to his master, and the bull shall be stoned.And if a person opens a pit, or if a person digs a pit and does not cover it, and a bull or a donkey falls into it,the owner of the pit shall pay; he shall return money to its owner, and the dead body shall be his.And if a man's bull strikes his friend's bull and it dies, they shall sell the live bull and divide the money received for it, and they shall also divide the dead body.Or if it was known that it was a habitually goring bull since yesterday and the day before yesterday, and its owner does not watch it, he shall surely pay a bull for a bull, and the dead body shall be his.If a man steals a bull or a lamb and slaughters it or sells it, he shall pay five cattle for the bull or four sheep for the lamb.Exodus Chapter 22If, while breaking in, the thief is discovered, and he is struck and dies, it is as if he has no blood.If the sun shone upon him, it is as if he has blood; he shall surely pay. If he has no money, he shall be sold for his theft.If the stolen article is found in his possession whether a bull, a donkey, or a lamb live ones he shall pay twofold.Third PortionIf a man leads his animals into a field or a vineyard, or lets his animal loose and it eats in another's field, the best of his field or the best of his vineyard he shall pay.If a fire goes forth and finds thorns, and a stack of grain or standing grain or the field be consumed, the one who ignited the fire shall surely pay.If a man gives his neighbor money or articles for safekeeping, and it is stolen from the man's house, if the thief is found, he shall pay twofold.If the thief is not found, the homeowner shall approach the judges, to swear that he has not laid his hand upon his neighbor's property.For any sinful word, for a bull, for a donkey, for a lamb, for a garment, for any lost article, concerning which he will say that this is it, the pleas of both parties shall come to the judges, and whoever the judges declare guilty shall pay twofold to his neighbor.If a man gives his neighbor a donkey, a bull, a lamb, or any animal for safekeeping, and it dies, breaks a limb, or is captured, and no one sees it,the oath of the Lord shall be between the two of them provided that he did not lay his hand upon his neighbor's property, and its owner shall accept it, and he shall not pay.But if it is stolen from him, he shall pay its owner.If it is torn apart, he shall bring witness for it; for the torn one he shall not pay.And if a person borrows an animal from his neighbor and it breaks a limb or dies, if its owner is not with him, he shall surely pay.If its owner is with him, he shall not pay; if it is a hired animal, it has come for its hire.If a man seduces a virgin who is not betrothed and lies with her, he shall provide her with a marriage contract as a wife.If her father refuses to give her to him in marriage, he shall weigh out money according to the dowry of the virgins.You shall not allow a sorceress to live.Whoever lies carnally with an animal shall surely be put to death.He who slaughters a sacrifice to the gods shall be destroyed, except to the Lord alone.And you shall not mistreat a stranger, nor shall you oppress him, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.You shall not oppress any widow or orphan.If you oppress him, beware, for if he cries out to Me, I will surely hear his cry.My wrath will be kindled, and I will slay you with the sword, and your wives will be widows and your children orphans.When you lend money to My people, to the poor person who is with you, you shall not behave toward him as a lender; you shall not impose interest upon him.If you take your neighbor's garment as security, until sunset you shall return it to him,for it is his only covering; it is his garment for his skin. With what shall he lie? And it shall be that if he cries out to Me, I will hear because I am gracious.Fourth PortionYou shall not curse a judge, neither shall you curse a prince among your people.Your fullness offering and your heave offering you shall not delay; the firstborn of your sons you shall give Me.So shall you do with your cattle and with your sheep: seven days it shall be with its mother, on the eighth day you may give it to Me.And you shall be holy people to Me, and flesh torn in the field you shall not eat; you shall throw it to the dogs.Exodus Chapter 23You shall not accept a false report; do not place your hand with a wicked person to be a false witness.You shall not follow the majority for evil, and you shall not respond concerning a lawsuit to follow many to pervert justice.Neither shall you glorify a poor man in his lawsuit.If you come upon your enemy's bull or his stray donkey, you shall surely return it to him.If you see your enemy's donkey lying under its burden would you refrain from helping him? You shall surely help along with him.Fifth PortionYou shall not pervert the judgment of your poor man in his lawsuit.Distance yourself from a false matter; and do not kill a truly innocent person or one who has been declared innocent, for I will not vindicate a guilty person.You shall not accept a bribe, for a bribe will blind the clear sighted and corrupt words that are right.And you shall not oppress a stranger, for you know the feelings of the stranger, since you were strangers in the land of Egypt.Six years you may sow your land and gather in its produce.But in the seventh year you shall release it and abandon it; the poor of your people shall eat it, and what they leave over, the beasts of the field shall eat. So shall you do to your vineyard and to your olive trees.Six days you may do your work, but on the seventh day you shall rest, in order that your ox and your donkey shall rest, and your maidservant's son and the stranger shall be refreshed.Concerning all that I have said to you you shall beware, and the name of the gods of others you shall not mention; it shall not be heard through your mouth.Three times you shall slaughter sacrifices to Me during the year.You shall observe the festival of unleavened bread; for seven days you shall eat unleavened bread as I have commanded you, at the appointed time of the month of springtime, for then you left Egypt, and they shall not appear before Me empty handed.And the festival of the harvest, the first fruits of your labors, which you will sow in the field, and the festival of the ingathering at the departure of the year, when you gather in the products of your labors from the field.Three times during the year, all your males shall appear before the Master, the Lord.You shall not sacrifice the blood of My sacrifice with leaven, and the fat of My festive sacrifice shall not stay overnight until morning.The choicest of the first fruits of your soil you shall bring to the house of the Lord, your God. You shall not cook a kid in its mother's milk.Sixth PortionBehold, I am sending an angel before you to guard you on the way and to bring you to the place that I have prepared.Beware of him and obey him; do not rebel against him, for he will not forgive your transgression, for My Name is within him.For if you hearken to his voice and do all that I say, I will hate your enemies and oppress your adversaries.For My angel will go before you, and bring you to the Amorites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Canaanites, the Hivvites, and the Jebusites, and I will destroy them.You shall not prostrate yourself before their gods, and you shall not worship them, and you shall not follow their practices, but you shall tear them down and you shall utterly shatter their monuments.And you shall worship the Lord, your God, and He will bless your food and your drink, and I will remove illness from your midst.Seventh PortionThere will be no bereaved or barren woman in your land; I will fill the number of your days.I will send My fear before you, and I will confuse all the people among whom you shall come, and I will make all your enemies turn their backs to you.And I will send the tzir'ah before you, and it will drive out the Hivvites, the Canaanites, and the Hittites from before you.I will not drive them away from before you in one year, lest the land become desolate and the beasts of the field outnumber you.I will drive them out from before you little by little, until you have increased and can occupy the land.And I will make your boundary from the Red Sea to the sea of the Philistines, and from the desert to the river, for I will deliver the inhabitants of the land into your hands, and you shall drive them out from before you.You shall not form a covenant for them or for their gods.They shall not dwell in your land, lest they cause you to sin against Me, that you will worship their gods, which will be a snare for you.Exodus Chapter 24And to Moses He said, Come up to the Lord, you and Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel, and prostrate yourselves from afar.And Moses alone shall approach the Lord but they shall not approach, and the people shall not ascend with him.So Moses came and told the people all the words of the Lord and all the ordinances, and all the people answered in unison and said, All the words that the Lord has spoken we will do.And Moses wrote all the words of the Lord, and he arose early in the morning and built an altar at the foot of the mountain and twelve monuments for the twelve tribes of Israel.And he sent the youths of the children of Israel, and they offered up burnt offerings, and they slaughtered peace offerings to the Lord, bulls.And Moses took half the blood and put it into the basins, and half the blood he cast onto the altar.And he took the Book of the Covenant and read it within the hearing of the people, and they said, All that the Lord spoke we will do and we will hear.And Moses took the blood and sprinkled it on the people, and he said, Behold the blood of the covenant, which the Lord has formed with you concerning these words.And Moses and Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel ascended,and they perceived the God of Israel, and beneath His feet was like the forming of a sapphire brick and like the appearance of the heavens for clarity.And upon the nobles of the children of Israel He did not lay His hand, and they perceived God, and they ate and drank.And the Lord said to Moses, Come up to Me to the mountain and remain there, and I will give you the stone tablets, the Law and the commandments, which I have written to instruct them.So Moses and Joshua, his servant, arose, and Moses ascended to the mount of God.And to the elders he said, Wait for us here until we return to you, and here Aaron and Hur are with you; whoever has a case, let him go to them.And Moses went up to the mountain, and the cloud covered the mountain.And the glory of the Lord rested on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it for six days, and He called to Moses on the seventh day from within the cloud.And the appearance of the glory of the Lord was like a consuming fire atop the mountain, before the eyes of the children of Israel.And Moses came within the cloud, and he went up to the mountain, and Moses was upon the mountain forty days and forty nights.