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Recommended for ages 9+

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?



Thanks to all of our generous funders that contributed to the G‑dcast Parashat haShavua (פָּרָשַׁת הַשָּׁבוּעַ or “weekly Torah portion”) animated series. 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, Sarah Lefton, Rachel Levinson, Maharat Rori Picker Neiss, Russel Neiss, Matthue Roth, Shani Rotkovitz, Emily Savage, The Staff at the Hebrew Free Loan, Jeremy Shuback and Jeanne Stern.

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