This week we read the Torah portion “Ki Teitze” (Deuteronomy -25:19).
“Ki Teitze” contains 27 positive commandments (“do’s”) and 47 negative commandments (“do not’s”).
Our Torah portion is packed with fascinating insights. Due to limited time (and memory in you e-mail inbox!) we will only explore a few of them.
(Deuteronomy 22:6-7) If one happens upon a bird’s nest, there is a commandment to chase the mother away before taking the eggs. One may certainly not take the mother together with her young.
There is an array of
explanations provided by the commentaries. The Sefer HaChinuch (13th
(Deuteronomy 22:8) If one builds a house, one is obligated to put a safety fence around the roof. The Torah states that this is to prevent “the one who falls” from falling off your roof.
This law applies to any potentially dangerous area on one’s property, such as a swimming pool or a staircase.
Our Sages elucidate the striking redundancy of “the one who falls will fall off”. They explain that the “one who falls” is destined to fall and die anyway as a result of his past. The owner of the house must ensure that he will not play the negative role of the agent of Divine justice in this case. There is a principle that good things occur through the agency of the worthy and negative events transpire through the agency of those who are not worthy.
The wheels of history turn without our acquiescence. We may unwittingly choose our roles in the unfolding drama. Let us be sure to always play the “good guy”.
(Deuteronomy 25:17-19) Our
Torah portion concludes with the Mitzvah of always remembering the evil
perpetrated against our People by the nation of Amalek. This nation brazenly
attacked the Jewish People when they left
Upon inheriting the
unadulterated evil. They are the nemesis and antithesis of
History presents a
fascinating phenomenon. The Jews seem consistently to be on the front lines of
evil’s onslaught. A few more “recent” examples include Mohammed’s hordes
massacring Jewish communities across
It is no accident that we are their primary target, because we stand for everything that they hate. The name of G-d is called upon us. As long as the Jewish People hold steadfast to their mission, in the end good will prevail and evil will not remain even as a bitter memory.
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The HAFTARA (excerpt from the prophets) this week is the fifth in a series of seven “Haftarot of Consolation”. These are read between Tisha B’Av and Rosh Hashanah. This week we read from Isaiah 54:1-10.
G-d comforts the barren city
Just as G-d promised Noah
that the world will never again be destroyed by flooding,
May the modern-day expansion
and development of our precious
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Rabbi Baruch Price