עֲשׂ֤וֹת מִשְׁפָּט: Balancing the Scales against Injustice

Micah 6:8 commands us to “עֲשׂ֤וֹת מִשְׁפָּט֙” — do justice.

scaleAs we embark on the month of Kislev, the month of Chanukah/Hanukkah, MJR is directing all donations received this month to its new Mishpat Fund. This fund is designated to aid Messianic Jewish persons who have been targeted with unjust assaults, whether physical, legal, or by any other means which meets the definition of a hate crime under Title 18 US Code section 245.

The first recipient will be a person who was forced into a guilty plea on a charge of which he was innocent due to threats from the State to charge his child with harboring a runaway if he did not. The “runaway” was a 16-year-old who meth-addled mother beat her severely enough to leave bruises all over her back. She fled to a domestic violence safehouse run by the man we are helping this month.

He was not present and did not know the child was there, as it was a Shabbat and he was at synagogue. When the police discovered that this was a Jewish home, they went after the man, who was crippled in a Neo-Nazi assault years ago, with seven police officers arriving at the synagogue to make a big show of arresting him in front of his congregation.

The plea deal that was offered resulted in 12 months of probation, 56 hours of work crew, and $1125 in fines. It is the fines that we hope to help with here. No one, one of our own or not, should be punished by the legal system for obeying Isaiah 58’s instruction to free the bound, such as those trapped in domestic violence contexts. Please consider contributing to the Mishpat Fund as you plan your end-of-year giving.

Donate via paypal: https://www.paypal.me/mjrabbinate

וַיְקַ֤ו לְמִשְׁפָּט֙ וְהִנֵּ֣ה מִשְׂפָּ֔ח לִצְדָקָ֖ה וְהִנֵּ֥ה צְעָקָֽה׃…

…He looked for mishpat (justice), but behold: mishpach (oppression);
for tzedaqah (righteousness), but behold: tze’aqah (nonsense, a counterfeit).
~ Isaiah 5:7b ~


*Submit other cases to us in the comments. Comments will not be made public, as the cases must be vetted and verified before being aided by the Mishpat Fund. We will summarize cases selected for aid omitting personal data.

 

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