Abraham and the Stranger
Abraham's treatment of Hagar sets up the events of the Exodus.
Consent of the Governed
The events leading up to the giving of the Ten Commandments establish the principle of consent of the governed.
How Each Hears God
As unique individuals, each of us hears the voice of God differently. That is a good thing because in a community the different parts can get closer to the whole.
Prophets, Parables and Exile
God does not always speak plainly. Typically, He sends a prophet to warn His people. If they do not listen, He has the prophet switch to parables which are designed not to be easliy understood.
Ten Commandments: A Marriage Covenant
The Ten Commandments is often regarded as a list of *don'ts* A more healthy way to look at is as a description of the bride and groom in the marriage covenant between God and Israel.
Us and Them - How to Treat the Other
In parsha Mishpatim, God tells Israel in the strongest terms that they may not mistreat the stranger, the fatherless, the widow or the poor.