Mishpatim – Exodus 21:1-24:18

This portion consists of part of the legal code that asserts “you shall not pervert the justice due to your poor in their lawsuits” and “you shall not oppress a resident alien.” It also requires that in the seventh year no harvest shall be taken so the poor may eat. The preacher could invite the congregation to extend and adapt these commands to their present times: how can they ensure the poor receive justice and the alien are not oppressed? Perhaps by ensuring that all women have equal access to full reproductive healthcare services.

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