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Mishpatim, 21 Shevat 5779
January 27, 2019

Martin Luther King Jr. said, "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that." I would like to add to what he said, "sadness cannot drive out sadness, only joy can do that." Joy is the central focus of this waning month of Shevat. How have you manifested more joy in your life during this month? Sometimes there are circumstances and outside influences which try to steal our joy. In fact, joy is often taken away by something within ourselves, our ego. Optimism is about infusing joy in the areas that may be lacking it. When I am optimistic I realize that there might be a certain outcome, however I choose to deal with that outcome knowing that I will be ok, that everything will be alright. We always have a choice, even if it seems that we don't. We can choose to connect to sadness or we can choose to connect to joy. May we be blessed to choose joy and choose to seek the Creator's Light in all areas of our lives, especially those that are lacking joy.

Shavua tov,

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Parashat Mishpatim
Torah Portion:
Shemot (Exodus) 21:1-24:18

Haftarah For Shabbat Shekalim:
Melachim Bet (II Kings) 12:1-17

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Zohar Portion
We study the Zohar alongside the Torah.  The reading for the week can be found under the same name as the weekly Torah portion.  Please note that sometimes there is not a corresponding section to the weekly Torah Parasha.
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Sava D'Mishpatim
Sava D'Mishpatim or literally "Old Man of Torah Portion Mishpatim" refers to the long narrative in this week's Zohar reading.  It relates an encounter between Rabbi Yose and Rabbi Chiya, and an aged wandering donkey-driver.  This special section in the Zohar deals with Gilgul Neshamot (the Reincarnation of Souls). 

With the Torah portion of Shemot we begin the six week period of Shovavim. This period of Shovavim is an acronym for the six weekly Torah portions: Shemot, Va-eira, Bo, Beshalach, Yitro and Mishpatim. It is a time of inner renewal, tikun (correction) of misdeeds, and teshuvah (return to Creator). We should strive to avoid anger and seek humility by shunning cynicism, frivolity, and arrogance.

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Perek Shirah is an ancient text of unknown authorship, although many commentaries attribute it to King David. It takes the form of a list of eighty-four elements of the natural world. Everything in creation praises its Creator. The lessons can assist us on our journey. Rabbi Eliezer said, Anyone who involves themselves with Perek Shirah in this world, merits saying it in the next world. Kabbalah4All will be working on a new photo each week with a verse until we complete all 84. Click Here to go to our new Perek Shirah page.

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