Mishpatim is the parsha in the Torah from which the work of Jewish Free Loan is derived: “Thou shalt not exact interest from the needy among you.”

-Exodus 22:24

Shabbat Mishpatim Candle Lighting & Havdalah

Shabbat Begins:

Friday, January 28th, 2022 | Shevat 26, 5782
5:38pm MST

Shabbat Ends:

Saturday, January 29, 2022 | Shevat 27, 5782
6:36pm MST

Abbreviated Prayers & Rituals:

First, light the candles. Use your hands to shield your eyes from the flames and recite the blessing while your eyes are covered.

בָּרוּך אַתָּה ה׳ אֱלֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶך הָעוֹלָם אַשֶׁר קִדְשָׁנוּ בְּמִצְוֹתָיו וְצִוָנוּ לְהַדְלִיק נֵר שֶל שַבָּת

Transliteration: Baruch ata Adonai, Eloheinu Melech ha-olam, asher kidshanu b’mitzvotav vitzivanu l’hadlik ner shel Shabbat.

Translation: Blessed are You, God, Ruler of the universe, who sanctified us with the commandment of lighting Shabbat candles.

Next, bless the wine. Then, take a sip.

בָּבָּרוּךְ אַתָּה ה׳ אֱלֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם בּוֹרֵא פְּרִי הַגָּפֶן

Transliteration: Baruch ata Adonai, Eloheinu melech ha-olam, borei p’ri hagafen.

Translation: Blessed are you, Lord our G-d, Ruler of the Universe, who creates the fruit of the vine.

For the full kiddush, please click here.

Last, bless the challah and enjoy a celebratory Shabbat meal.

בָּרוּך אַתָּה ה׳ אֱלֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶך הָעוֹלָם הָמוֹצִיא לֶחֶם מִן הַאָרֶץ

Transliteration: Baruch ata Adonai, Eloheinu Melech ha-olam, hamotzi lechem min ha’aretz.

Translation: Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the universe, who has brought forth bread from the earth.

For a more in-depth look at traditional Shabbat prayers and customs, please visit the following links:

Shabbat & Tzedakah

Tzedakah is the Hebrew for justice, but is often interpreted as the word charity. It is customary to engage in an act of Tzedakah before welcoming Shabbat.

In honor of Shabbat Mishpatim, please consider making a donation to support interest-free lending!

Recipes from Chef Leonard

Chef Leonard received a Community-Wide Disaster Relief interest-free loan during the pandemic. These funds helped support him and his employees during a challenging time. Here are some his favorite recipes.

Grandma’s Lasagna

15 Fresh Lasagna Sheets (or cooked lasagna if using regular pasta)
8 cups Fresh Basil Marinara Sauce
3 cups Béchamel Sauce (white sauce)
4 cups Ricotta Cheese
2 cups Grated Parmesan 
4 cups Shredded Mozzarella
4 Tbsp. Italian Seasoning
1/4 cup Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper to Taste

Start by coating the bottom of a lasagna pan with olive oil. Then pour 4-6 tablespoons of marinara sauce over the oil and place 2 1/2 pasta sheets on top. Next, scoop 4-6 tablespoons of béchamel sauce on top of the pasta. Then, sprinkle some parmesan cheese and 1/2 a cup of mozzarella evenly. Repeat this five times and build this magnificent lasagna. 

Cover with tinfoil and bake for 2-3 hours at 250of. Then uncover and let cook for another 10 minutes. 

Grandma’s Meatballs

1/2 lb. Day-Old Bread (soaked in almond milk for 10 minutes)
5 1/2 lbs. Ground Beef Chuck
4 Tbsp. Italian Seasoning
4 Tbsp. Oregano
4 Tbsp. Fresh Minced Garlic
1 Tbsp. Salt
1 Tbsp. Black Pepper

First, squeeze the almond milk out of the bread and break up into medium sized pieces. Combine the meat, wet bread, seasonings and salt & pepper in a bowl. Once the mixture is combined, refrigerate for 20 minutes. Remove the mixture from the refrigerator and roll into approximately 25 balls, each about 2-3in in size. Place the meatballs on a sheet pan and bake at 350 of for 30 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 165 of. Halfway through cooking, rotate the pan and turn over the meatballs. Once done baking, boil the meatballs for 3-5 minutes. Last, place in a pot of marinara sauce and heat throughout.

For more delicious Italian food check out Chef Leonard’s food truck and takeaway service*:

Mobile Mini Pizzeria
Take Away Gourmet

*these food establishments are not under rabbinical supervision.