Exodus 21:1-24:18

Exodus chapter 21, verse 1 to chapter 24, verse 18

Mishpatim Values

What are they?

  1. Mitzvot/Commandments
    1. What is a commandment?
    2. What types of commandments do you know about?
    3. Why and when should you obey commandments?
  1. Justice
    1. Look up the word “justice”. Then look up the word “fairness”. How are they the same? How are they different?
    2. Have you ever heard of the phrase “An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth”? It is from the Torah, and is connected to the idea that the punishment should fit the crime. Do you think justice is all punishment, or is there something more to it?
  1. responsibility
    1. What do you think “taking responsibility” really means?
    2. If you hurt someone’s feelings, how do you try to “make it better”?
    3. What does the word “repentance” mean? How do you repent to another person? To God?
    4. Sometimes we hurt others, and sometimes they hurt us. What is the danger of bearing a grudge? What is forgiveness really mean?
  1. Faith
    1. What is the definition of the word “faith”? How would you define it?
    2. What do you have faith in?
    3. What do you do to show that you have faith?


Another view for you:

Parents and kids: Read this article together and discuss the questions below: http://valuesandethics.org/insults-leave-a-lasting-impact/

  1. In what way can speech be used positively?
  2. In what way can speech be used negatively?
  3. How should one speak if angry or feeling attacked?
  4. What’s the best way to react if you’re insulted by someone?