Entries in Mishpatim (14)
The first parsha that follows the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai is called Mishpatim. It deals with the so-called “man to man” or societal laws. This underscores the Divine nature of these laws. Every civilized society has its own system of law that keeps its people civilized and protects them from harm caused by illegal behavior.
In addition to the place, the time of the proclamation about “they shall beat their swords into plowshares” is connected to the activities of Nasi Doreinu, the Rebbe, my father in-law, Moshiach of the generation. * From Chapter Five of Rabbi Shloma Majeski’s Likkutei Mekoros Vol. 2. (Underlined text is the compiler’s emphasis.)
Many Jewish communities have dedicated this week to the Mitzvah of Gemilus Chassadim, acts of loving kindness, referring, specifically, to making interest free loans to those in need, which appears in this week’s parsha.
This Shabbos, Parshas Mishpatim, marks the beginning of the 25th year of Swords into Plowshares—the era which was inaugurated by the announcement of the heads of state of the major world powers, meeting at the United Nations, that they would no longer fight with each other but instead would cooperate with each other and use their resources to build a better world for the benefit of all mankind. Indeed, they would redirect and transform their military resources and technology for peaceful uses. This change in international relations, based on a fundamental change of attitude, was identified by the Rebbe Melech HaMoshiach as the beginning of the fulfillment of the prophecy of Isaiah that in the Era of Moshiach the nations of the world would “beat their swords into plowshares
A woman does this through her own proper conduct, as well as by educating her children and family members to behave in a manner appropriate for a “Sanctuary” and a “Temple” for G-d, and in particular, a finely crafted and adorned Sanctuary or Temple.
“I am one hundred and twenty years today,” “today my days and years have become complete,” enriched and complete days and years, both physically and spiritually. The continuation of Moshe’s 120 years is the eternal life of the true and complete redemption.
“We already see the beginning of the activities of Melech HaMoshiach upon the Gentile nations … insofar as G-d Alm-ghty directs the hearts of the kings of the nations (“the heart of kings and ministers are in the hand of G-d”) to resolve and to proclaim together about the initiative of ‘they shall beat their swords into plowshares.’”
Yud Shvat of the 10th year (5710) marks the end of the era of my father in-law, the Rebbe, Nasi Doreinu’s service of G-d living in this world. The next day – the eleventh day of the eleventh month, and especially in the eleventh year (5711) – the continuation and innovation of a new era, the seventh generation, began.
If you read the newspapers, you will get depressed. Iran, Syria, Egypt—everyone knows about them. The Chinese, behind their polite smiles, are always up to mischief—no one knows what they’re thinking. And the Russians are always flexing their muscles, trying to regain the glory of the Czars. Everyone knows what they’re thinking. So the world seems to be a mess, in deep trouble… But it’s not true.