Parsha Mishpatim sets forth dozens of laws that follow the revelation at Sinai. From laws that govern ethical conduct like the prohibition against murder, assault and theft to laws introducing kashrus and sacrificial offerings. We are the People of the Book, but it is not what we read that defines us as a people. We subscribe to a system of justice that is ancient and eternal. It is a promise and a challenge to live up to the high standards to which we are subject. This week as we begin our Shabbat meal, we meditate on the meaning of justice with an appetizer that “scales” the heights of deliciousness.
For last year's Shabbat Menu Mishpatim click here.