Mishpatim Exodus Chapter 21.1-24:18 – 08.02.13; Lordship and Bondage

Attached, please find the beginnings of a commentary on this week’s reading of the Torah, specifically on the section dealing with the relationship of a master to his servants. It is introduced by a discussion of the first three laws of the Mishneh Torah dealing with God’s relationship to man as man’s Lord and Master. I did not finish the third part which undertakes the comparison between the two relationships of Lord and bondsman, but I will finish it Sunday morning. The analysis deals with the problem of recognition that came up in the discussion of Romney and his reference to the 47%. It also deals with the depiction of God as not part of nature and the suggestion I heard today at a luncheon talk on global warming that perhaps a theology or philosophy in which nature is divine and an ethos of austerity might be necessary to save us all from the disastrous consequences of climate change. Recall that in Judaism, God is NOT part of nature. Man, made in the image of God, was, in part, not as well. In the third section that you will receive on Sunday morning, I suggest that the Judaic view provides the ethical and moral grounding for dealing with issues such as global warming as well as some of the issues that have come up in the analysis of Obama and the American political wars and will explain why Romney crossed the red line.

Howard Adelman

Mishptim Exodus Part 1&2.doc

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