Inspiration Through Torah in 5776: Mishpatim

Tablets_of_the_Ten_Commandments_(Bible_Card)In this week’s Torah portion, Mishpatim – Exodus 21:1 – 24:18, Hashem starts to give Moshe a list of laws. If we look at them a little closer, we will see that G-d is expounding upon each of the Ten Commandments that He spoke from the midst of the cloud on top of the mountain in last week’s portion.

You may decide to read the whole portion in one sitting or you might decide to do the FULL KRIYAH which breaks up the parsha so that you can pace yourself and concentrate on a smaller section each day.

This week, the readings for the Torah portion for each day of the week will be as follows:

1: 21:1-19 (19 p’sukim)

2: 21:20-22:3 (21 p’sukim)

3: 22:4-26 (23 p’sukim)

4: 22:27-23:5 (9 p’sukim)

5: 23:6-19 (14 p’sukim)

6: 23:20-25 (6 p’sukim)

7: 23:26-24:18 (26 p’sukim)

The reading for the haftarah, if you decide to read it in addition to the Torah portion, is Jeremiah 34:8 – 34:22; 33:25 – 33:26.

Continue to journal this week, writing down your thoughts, themes, and Bible verses that come to mind for the individual days, and/or week. If you’d like to focus on personal character development with a larger community, see “Mussar” below the Torah study materials.

Torah Study Materials

Reading materials

Torah Portion Study Guides from Tony Robinson

The Creation Gospel Torah Portions: Shemot by Dr. Hollisa Alewine


The Parsha Experiment from the AlephBeta team on this week’s parsha.

Torah teachings (from the Torah cycle 5772) by L. Grant Luton

Mussar (Personal Character Development)

This week, we will be going back to a previous middah. We will be focusing on the middah (virtue) of gevurah, which can be translated as strength, self-control, or endurance. This last week we turned our attention to diligence, but diligence requires that we persevere, or we will fall back into old habits. For that, we need gevurah. If you already have your card from the previous practice week, you can pull it out and reuse it.

Note: Fill out a 4×6 card; at the top write Gevurah (Endurance/restraint). Under the virtue, write out the suggested practices listed below. Put this card in a prominent place to help you walk out this virtue in your day to day life.

  • Identify something you do in excess and cut back.
  • Is there something that you withhold for no good reason? Try integrating it into your life if it is good.
  • Identify a passion. Take a break from it for a week.

You might also benefit from this teaching:

Blessings and Shalom for a good week,