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This week’s Torah portion, Mishpatim, following the Ten Commandments, has no less than 53 commandments giving the "details", beginning with:

When you acquire a Hebrew slave, he shall serve you for six years; but in the seventh year he shall go free, without paying anything. [Ex. 21:2]

And the next four verses give more details on how the slave is to be treated. That’s odd… Why begin with a validation of slavery, albeit with restrictions, when the Israelites themselves have just been rescued from slavery? We expected the Torah to say: “You shall not enslave another person, because you yourselves were slaves in the Land of Egypt.” But it doesn’t. Why not?

I know God figured that Jews would not have accepted the Torah if some allowances were not made for existing practices. But why START with that one?

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