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Ki Teitzei ~ 5772 ~ כי־תצא
A female war captive must be isolated 30 days before she can be taken as a wife. If the marriage ends, she is a free woman. The first born son inherits, regardless if his mother is the favorite wife or not. A rebellious son is brought to judgment by his parents. If found guilty, he is put to death. The executed cannot be left in public view. Found animals or items are the responsibility of the finder to return. Even the feelings of animals must be respected.
A house owner is responsible for providing safe areas for people to walk. Different types of hybridization or mixing is forbidden. The Laws of marriage, family arbitration and forbidden liaisons are reviewed here. It is forbidden to hate Edomites or Egyptians. Specific hygiene Laws are rotated for the people of Israel. A runaway slave cannot be returned to the master. The people of Israel must never charge each other interest. We must always pay what we’ve promised G-d.
It is permitted to taste/eat fruit only while passing through that field. Divorce is acceptable yet sad reality of life. One may not remarry his divorced wife if her second husband divorced her or died. A newlywed does not go off to war. Life sustaining materials cannot be taken or confiscated to pay bills. Kidnapping is a capital offense. The lender must respect the personal rights of the borrower. The poor should be a constant concern of ours. We are forbidden to pick our fields perfectly clean. We must leave food for the poor to glean (scavenge). As we are sensitive to animals so too must we be sensitive to orphans and widows. There must be one set of standard weights for public use. Remember and destroy Amalek.
MAFTIR Deuteronomy 25:17 – 19 ~ page 856
HAFTARAH Isaiah 54:1 – 10 ~ page 856
Isaiah foresees the time when the exiles will return from captivity and the cities of the Holy Land will be repopulated more than ever before. Just as a deserted wife returns to her husband so will Israel be reunited with G-d and her former humiliation forgotten, for G-d’s anger was momentary. Just as He had sworn “that the waters of Noah would no more go over the earth” so His new covenant of peace with Israel would be everlasting.
Parashah Study Questions
1. How many different biblical stories does the law in verses 21: 16-17 relate?
2. What is the law if you find your neighbor’s dog and he will be away for a year (22:2)? What if you are allergic to dogs? What if he becomes sick? What if the animal is a chicken?
3. How many different methods of tying tzitzit are you aware of (v. 22:12)? What are “Christian Tzitzit? Is this insulting to Judaism?
4. According to v. 22:20, how do Jewish owned banks charge interest to Jewish clients? How do Banks in Israel work?
5. How do you feel about v. 24:15 in lieu of the Rabashkin Family convictions and sentencing?