A Long Educational Journey ? Ki Tetzeh
Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, Rabbi of the Western Wall and Holy Sites
This week?s parasha, Ki Tetzeh, deals with a wide array of commandments pertaining to Am Yisrael?s individual and public life in its land. This included the laws of inheritance and laws of war, laws of building a home and plowing a field, laws of marriage and laws of divorce. One of the halachot (Jewish laws) in this parasha is meant to emphasize the comprehensive moral journey which Torah life should teach Am Yisrael. This is the journey the nation took during the thousands of years of its existence as it stayed on the path of Torah and influenced the nations around it with the values of the Torah. This halacha deals with a slave who escaped from its master.
Let us read two verses from the parasha:
You shall not deliver a slave to his master if he seeks refuge with you from his master.
[Rather,] he shall [be allowed to] reside among you, wherever he chooses within any of your cities, where it is good for him. You shall not oppress him.
(Devarim 23, 16-17)
Today June 22, 2021
Parasha of the Week
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