Parsha Mitzvot-Mishpatim-Mitzvah 42 – Concept 504
“If you purchase a Jewish bondsman.” (Exodus 21:2I We are commanded to follow the prescribed laws pertaining to a Jewish slave. (Rambam, Hilchot Avadim – The Laws of Slaves)
It demands a great deal of work and effort to achieve the status of a complete Jew – one who is truly a servant of God. A person must understand that it is a quality that he can acquire and make part of himself if he is willing to work. Rabbi Yechiel Michel of Zlothchov – Tiferet Tzvi Ze’ev.