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What must have been the previous mistreatment of others such that these various laws were designed to put some measure of justice into life! We might have come a long way from what is outlined here for a society over three thousand years ago, yet there is something we can miss so easily⎯the ordering of life has its initiative from the Lord.
Jesus said to his disciples at the Last Supper, “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth” (John 16:12). There has been and will continue to be a development, a refinement of how God wants us to respond to one another.
Reflect upon how you treat others. Seek the justice and mercy that God wants to express to others through your very own life.
Blessed are the merciful. Mt 5:7
The pure in heart shall see God. Mt 5:8
Peacemakers: children of God Mt 5:9
Blest those suff’ring for justice Mt 5:10
Saturdays are dedicated to the Sabbath Torah portions
read in synagogues throughout the world.
This plan follows those traditions that take a third of the portion
over a three year cycle, this year, the third part.
For more about the Torah portions and thoughtful commentaries, visit
The Jewish Theological Seminary.
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