Written by 6th graders Yael Mainzer and Kayla Minsk
This week's parsha is Mishpatim. It talks about many laws, but one in particular sparked our interest. In perek כג pasuk ב it says:
-ב לֹא־תִֽהְיֶ֥ה אַֽחֲרֵֽי־רַבִּ֖י אַֽחֲם לְרָעֹ֑ת וְלֹא־תַֽעֲנֶ֣ה עַל־רִ֗ב לִנְטֹ֛תרֵ֥י רַבִּ֖ים לְהַטֹּֽת:׃.
You shall not follow the majority for evil, and you shall not respond
concerning a lawsuit to follow many to justice.
Rashbam says that if the majority is about to commit a crime, you should say something, even if you know they will not accept you after that. This teaches us not to be a bystander and to do the right thing.
Hashem gave us the ability to think and come up with our own ideas. We should not be influenced by other people who are doing the wrong thing. We should not give up our own gift because the majority of people feel another way.
This also reminds us to choose our friends carefully. When we choose people who do the right thing, that pushes us to do the right thing.