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Ki Teitzei (When you go out)

Laws of Torah

Deuteronomy 21:10 to 25:19 The reading of Ki Teitzei contains 72 mitzvot or laws, more than any other portion of Torah. These laws are considered special because they go beyond an attempt to just keep law and order… they are designed to help create the “holy community” envisioned by Torah. “When you [an Israelite warrior] […]

R’eih (See)

Justice

Deuteronomy 11:26 to 16:17 Moses presents a lengthy list of laws to the people. Many of the laws involved the death penalty for crimes where the sentence was rarely, if ever, carried out. Why weren’t these punishments given? Why are they even specified in Torah? “See, this day I set before you blessing and curse: […]

Va-et’channan (And I Pleaded)

Deuteronomy 3:23 to 7:11 After being told by God he will never enter the Promised Land, Moses speaks to the Israelites about the Laws of the Eternal. He states that “nothing can be added or subtracted” … But, does he contradict himself later in the text? “I pleaded with the Eternal at the time, saying: […]

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