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Parsha Mitzvot-Mishpatim-Mitzvah 43 – Concept 512

“If she is displeasing in the eyes of her master, who should have designated her for himself.” (Exodus 21:8) The owner of a Jewish maidservant is commanded to betroth her. (Rambam, Hilchot Avadim – The Laws of Slaves)

The “daughter” sold as a maidservant is the “soul.” When the Jews serves God by performing Mitzvot, then the soul becomes his maidservant, looking after his physical needs. After all, without a soul he could not lift a hand in order to fulfill even a single Mitzvah. The Torah warns in this paragraph that the owner of his daughter, soul, should not abandon her due to her having become defective. The Torah encourages the owner of his maidservant, soul, to make her feel at home in his body seeing that she is after all, only spirit. Rabbi Moshe Alshich

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