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24/25 February: Mishpatim / Shabbat Shekalim

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In Parshat Mishpatim we read how our God does not specifically seek out and protect the rich and mighty.   Rather God cares for the weak.   A midrash has Rabbi Jose asking the question:  ” “You shall not afflict any widow, or fatherless child,”– why does God love orphans and widows?  ”  Because their eyes are raised to none but Him, as it says in Psalms, “A Father of the fatherless, and a Judge of the widows” (Ps. LXVIII, 6); therefore he who robs them is like one who robs God, their Father in heaven…

Most of us have a safety net of support whether it’s from family or friends or community.   For those who don’t, our tradition tells us that God watches over them.   God watches but doesn’t do the protecting — it is up to us to support and protect the disadvantaged.  God is the parent who appreciates and rewards those who take care of his children.

Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Paul Arberman

February 23, 2017