In last week’s Torah Parsha (MISHPATIM), Moses provided clarification of the Ten Commandments, given to the Israelites, by God, at Mount Sinai. Additionally, the Children of Israel learned the nature of numerous other laws, commandments, prohibitions; and, the consequences for disobedience. This week’s Torah Parsha (TERUMAH), begins with God’s statement to Moses: “Speak to the […]

Words of Torah from Student Rabbi Janine Jankovitz Pastor

This week we read in Exodus the Torah parsha Mishpatim. Mishpatim, the Hebrew word for “laws”, contains many laws addressing Hebrew slaves, homicide, assault, homicidal animals, theft, seduction, sorcery, and more. At the end of this parsha, Moses repeats the commandments to the people as laid out by Gd, and the people respond, “All the […]

A ‘BISSEL’ OF TORAH: MISHPATIM (EXODUS 21:1-24:18) By Joy Scott, Am Haskalah Congregant

In last week’s Torah Parsha (YITRO), the Ten Commandments rang out from Mount Sinai in a symphony of sound and vision, thunder and lightning – -and the world was forever changed. Although this week’s Parsha (MISHPATIM) lacks the’ Pyrotechnic  Accompaniment’, its message is, in effect, a qualification and extension of these commandments. The result is […]


By Joy Scott, Am Haskalah Congregant Last week’s Torah Parsha (SHEMOT) ended with Moses and Aaron both discouraged, as the Pharaoh of Egypt denied their request to free the enslaved Israelites. This week’s Parsha (VA’EIRA) describes with precise detail, the first seven of the ten plagues, which would eventually decimate all of Egypt. A major […]

A note from our Student Rabbi

By Janine Jankovitz Pastor Dear Congregants, In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I want to share with you the experience I had marching for justice this past Monday in Philadelphia in honor of Dr. King’s legacy. On Monday I joined hundreds of people in Philadelphia for the “March for a Better America” march […]