Mishpatim 5772

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Why does the Torah suddenly go into property and damage laws right after the Ten Commandments? The Ramban answers that whatever comes right after the Ten Commandments (which includes the very end of last week's parsha) is merely a repetition of the Ten Commandments. These civil laws is an expansion of "Lo
tachmod," not being jealous of your friend's possessions. The Ramban continues and explains if one doesn't know property laws, he'll become jealous and start to steal from others. Therefore, these laws will guide him in the right direction. He then quotes a Midrash: "The whole Torah depends upon judgement."


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