Welcome to Parsha Talk with Rabbis Eliot Malomet, Barry Chesler and Jeremy Kalmanofsky. It is an early edition of Parashah Talk, since Eliot is flying to Israel today. Parashat Mishpatim [Exodus 21-24] features the Covenant Code, the first major law code embedded in the Torah. Its literary style, nearly all law, represents a major break from the previous 20 chapters, which have been largely narrative. This enabled us to discuss law in general as well as some specific laws. This week is also Parashat Sheqalim [Exodus 30:11–16], the first fo the 4 special shabbatot before Passover, each with its own maftir [additional reading] and haftarah [prophetic reading]. We did not have time to discuss it, but be forewarned, Passover will be here before you know it. Start cleaning! Shabbat Shalom!!