PARASHAT KI TEITZEI

Saturday 14th September 2019 14th Elul 5779

PARASHAT KI TEITZEI

Deut 21:10 – 25:19; Isaiah 54:1-10; Matt 24:29-42

This parasha contains the most mitzvoth of all the parashiyot in Torah. Ki Teitzei (“When you go out”) contains a significant portion of the Torah’s laws: no less than 74 mitzvot (out of a total of 613) have been counted by the halachic authorities as deriving from our parasha. And, it is so easy to get weighed down by the mere numbers and the minutiae of the instructions. But, as someone once remarked, the key to understanding the mitzvot is that they are about relationships within the community of the faithful.

In this Shabbat’s portion covers an array of commandments for a variety of circumstances, from marriage and relationships to caring for the less fortunate. Some of the commandments pertain to man’s relationship with God, but most of them address the relationship between fellow humans. Like the rest of the book of Deuteronomy, this is part of Moses’s farewell address to the people, and in it he touches on a number of events which happened during their sojourn in the desert, including the war with Amalek.

Topic 1: A Law for Every Circumstance Our portion begins with a series of scenarios, listing what the God-fearing Israelite must do in each case. The first of these is a situation in which a soldier comes across a beautiful captive during war. If he wishes to take her, he must first allow her to mourn her family for a month, shave… Read More »