Mishpatim (Exodus 21:1-24:18)

This week contains scores of civil, criminal, property, marital and ethical laws that give greater substance and form to what Jewish tradition expects of a “religious” person. They have to do with how we treat other human beings, having the courage to resist an evil crowd and stand up for what you believe in, and treating all people fairly and with justice. Take this week to contemplate the issues that you are willing to stand up for in your life, and decide on a course of action to champion one of your causes.