עבד עברי

This week’s Parsha begins with the case of the עבד עברי, Hebrew slave. This is referring to a Jew who was convicted of being a thief who was unable to pay back what he stole.

The Beit Din will sell him into slavery for six years. His owner or master will be a Jew who is obligated to treat this slave with respect and dignity.

He lives with and becomes part of a respectable family. This was judged to be the best form of rehabilitation for the criminal עבד עברי.

Here again we see the wisdom of the Torah. Only recently are criminologists realizing that jail does not help create a righteous person out of the thief.

Living with a family and being accepted despite the crime, works wonders at helping this individual function again as part of society.

The Torah knew some 3500 years ago what they are only learning today! Shabbat Shalom