Our portion begins this week with: “God spoke to Moses, telling him to speak to the entire Israelite community and say to them: ‘You must be holy because I am holy, God, your God.’” K’doshim declares that we are holies, that we are a holy people.
This week’s parsha, Mishpatim, means “rules” or “laws,” and it is the first major installment of such regulations in the Torah. (The other day I asked Rabbi Creditor whether the singular of mishpatim was mishpat, and he said, yes, but how often does the Torah just give you one?)
This drash was delivered by Joan Bradus at the Jan. 30, 2011 Congregation Netivot Shalom board meeting. It is also available in GoogleDocs, click Board Drash, Jan. 30, 2011 to read it there.
By Joan Bradus, First Vice President
Delivered at the CNS Board Meeting on January 30, 2011
January 8, 2011 / 3 Sh'vat 5771
Peter Dale Scott
I want to thank the congregants of Netivot Shalom for this honor of giving a drasha, and especially the honor of a drasha on this particular Torah portion, Bo.
December 18, 2010 / 11 Tevet, 5771
Raise your hand if you consider the Bay Area to be your home.
Now raise your hand if you were born here.