“This, above all, to thine own self be true.”
These words of wisdom from William Shakespeare reflect the enduring truth for humanity.
In our world of physicality where conformity is the norm, it is so difficult to be who we are, to express the innermost essence that is our heart, and yet this is all that the Creator truly asks of us. It takes great courage to be ourselves.
In reading this week’s portion of Mishpatim, we find that it discusses the social laws of how to behave and not behave, which includes the laws of slavery. And in last week’s portion of Yitro, you may also recall that the first of the Ten Commandments was the statement, “I am the Lord thy God, who brought you out of the house of bondage.”
Why is so much of the Bible dedicated to the disconcerting subjects of slavery and bondage – those aspects of history that are not relevant to us today... Read More