Short Shabbos Insights – Parsha Mishpatim

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We are currently in New York at the annual convention for ‘shluchos’, women emissaries of the Rebbe. To say that there are women from all over the world would be one of the great understatements of the year.


Today during lunch we had the privilege of hearing from the shlucha from Lugansk in the Ukraine. Russia has turned that part of the world upside down and uprooted thousands of people in their quest to conquer the land. In doing so, they have created a population of refugees, including the Rebbe’s shluchim.

Just as their congregants have had to flee, so too the chabad emissaries are in the same position. The difference is the shluchim are still looked to for guidance and strength during these trying times.

One might ask the question, and rightfully so, during all this endless turmoil is Judaism still relevant? Don’t people have to worry about just existing? Yes they do and that is paramount. Yet, people are still clinging to what comforts them and that is their religion. For deep down everyone knows, whether they will admit it or not, that Torah is eternal. No matter where those people have to flee no one can ever take that away from them. It was a powerful lesson to learn from someone going through that test right now.

In this week’s Torah portion the people of Israel proclaim, “We will do and we will hear all that G‑d commands us.” It’s not from today that the Jewish people have such a resolve. It is from over 3,300 years and counting.

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