Parashat Ki Teitzei

(When You Go Out)

Deuteronomy 21:10 - 25:19

Isaiah 54:1 - 54:10

In this Torah portion, Moses delivers specific rules about proper family relationships. He continues with laws involving many aspects of daily living, justice, family responsibility, work and sexuality.

FULL SUMMARY

Decisions And Consequences

Parshat Ki Tetze contains numerous examples of how we should structure and categorize our decisions and their consequences.

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Kindness to Animals

Ki Tetze: A resource for families.

Tzaraat and Memory

Miriam's skin condition and the war with Amalek, Amnon, and Moab are all examples of memory.

Parashat Ki Teitzei Quiz

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Women & War

We cannot condone the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war.

The Stubborn & Rebellious Son

How often do we punish individuals before addressing the ills of our social structures?

Compassion That Can Bring Messiah

It all begins with how we treat animals.

Generational Tension

We need to stop holding children of intermarriage responsible for decisions their parents made.

Unguarded Roofs

We are responsible for our actions, our property, and any objects of danger we witness in the world.

Remember! Don’t Forget!

The many commandments in Judaism relating to remembering both positive and negative experiences motivate us to work towards redemption.

Synthesizing The Influences Of Our Parents

The legal limits placed on the case of the rebellious child reflect the Torah's understanding of the complexity of parental influences on children.

Social Responsibilities

Our decisions to ignore or respond to members of our communities who are in danger determine the justice and morality of our society.

Parashat Ki Teitzei: Summary

Moses enumerates many laws that relate to topics of family relationships, interpersonal ethics, forbidden mixtures, and sexuality.

Child Laborers: The Torah Will Not Let Us Rest Until They Do

Our society is judged on the basis of how we treat our most vulnerable members.

And Your Camp(s) Shall Be Holy

The laws regarding the purity of the Tabernacle and the purity of military camps remind us to ensure the sanctity of all of our dwelling places.

All Is Not Fair In Love And War

By linking the incident of the female prisoner of war to the hated wife and rebellious child, Rashi encourages us to consider the consequences of treating others as objects.

Let’s Get Physical!

The commandment to remove a corpse from the stake on which it is impaled teaches us the importance of respecting the holiness of the body.

Every Act Is Significant

The reward of long life for the seemingly simple commandment of shooing away a mother bird before taking her young teaches us that no act is trivial.