February 16, 2023 / 25 Shevat, 5783 • Parshat Mishpatim
Issue 757
Dedicated in loving memory of Mrs. Miriam Friedman

You shall be a holy people unto Me; you must not eat flesh torn by beasts of the field...

Exodus 22:30

Allegorically, the "field' is the exile, the realm outside the safe, spiritual home. The "field," is dangerous, fraught with threatening, wild "beasts" -- the many spiritual pitfalls that can ensnare us if we are not properly cautious. Moreover, the very fact that we are in exile renders us "torn by the beasts of the field." No matter how great or heroic our spiritual attainments may be during exile, no matter how comfortable we learn to feel, we will never be truly whole, safe or free until the Messianic Redemption.

We must therefore do all in our power to hasten the Redemption, pleading unceasingly with G-d to redeem us without delay.

—from Daily Wisdom 3