Torah & Texts


By Rori Picker Neiss

We know that giving is good. But how is interest like a snake bite? Parashat Mishpatim, sponsored by Hebrew Free Loan and narrated by Rori Picker Neiss, features the act of giving without interest — and a money-hungry serpent with other plans.

It offers the question:  When someone asks to borrow money, do we use that as an opportunity to help them, or do we use it as an opportunity to help ourselves, and make ourselves rich with tiny little snake bites of interest.

Two interpretations of Parsha Mishpatim are available. Check out what author and professor David Henkin thinks about writing in an attempt to discover what we need books for here.

Thanks to all of our generous funders that contributed to the BimBam Parashat haShavua (פָּרָשַׁת הַשָּׁבוּעַ or “weekly Torah portion”) animated series. Particular thanks to the Staff at the Hebrew Free Loan for producing this specific animated short. Additional thanks to each of the writers, narrators, producers, educators, and sound engineers that contributed to this animated interpretation of Mishpatim (מִּשְׁפָּטִים “laws” Exodus 21:1–24:18) including Barbara Barza, Nick Fox-Gieg, Jordan Gill, Sarah Lefton, Rachel Levinson, Maharat Rori Picker Neiss, Russel Neiss, Matthue Roth, John J. Riley, Cindy Rogoway, Shani Rotkovitz, Emily Savage, Jeremy Shuback and Jeanne Stern.

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