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Mishpatim

  
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 21:1  21:2
 21:3
21:1 First Reading
These are the laws that you must set before [the Israelites]:
Ve'eleh hamishpatim asher tasim lifneyhem.
21:2 If you buy a Hebrew slave, he shall serve for six years, but in the seventh year, he is to be set free without liability.
Ki tikneh eved ivri shesh shanim ya'avod uvashvi'it yetse lachofshi chinam.
21:3 If he was unmarried when he entered service, he shall leave by himself. But if he was a married man, his wife shall leave with him.
Im-begapo yavo begapo yetse im-ba'al ishah hu veyatse'ah ishto imo.



Commentary:

Hebrew slave
  One who was sold for robbery; see Exodus 22:2 (Mekhilta; Rashi). See Leviticus 25:39, Deuteronomy 15:12.





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