Torah & Texts

Mishpatim, and the prohibition against charging interest

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 Maharat Rori Picker Neiss, features the act of giving without interest — and a money-hungry serpent with other plans for the Israelites at Sinai.

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. Thanks to Hebrew Free Loan of San Francisco for working with us to produce this animated short which shows how this parsha informs their work.

BimBam offers two Parshat Mishpatim videos…check out what author and professor David Henkin thinks about writing in an attempt to discover what we need books for here.

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Mishpatim Source Sheet

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Mishpatim Lesson Guide

Mishpatim, and the People of the Book

By David Henkin

People of the book, listen up: author and professor David Henkin talks about writing in this parsha…in an attempt to discover what we need books for, anyway. At Sinai, the people say Na’aseh V’Nishma, and Moses, or Moshe, decides to write everything down in a scroll – why?

BimBam is proud to have two looks at Parshat Mishpatim. Check out this alternate take commissioned by the Hebrew Free Loan and narrated by Rori Picker Neiss considers about the act of giving without interest.

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Mishpatim Source Sheet

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Mishpatim Lesson Guide

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