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.



Sins of the Father

The Torah's declaration that parents are not responsible for the sins of their children (and vice versa) is a gem of modern parenting advice.

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When You Go Out As A Warrior

Moses delivers the rules for mating in wartime and what to do when we realize we’ve fallen out of love.

Tzaraat and Memory

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

Women & War

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

Decisions And Consequences

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

Judaism and the Human Body

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.

The Stubborn and 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.

What To Do With Wayward Children?

Tough love from the Torah, and the rabbis' attempts to mitigate it.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Parashat Ki Teitzei: Carrying the Burden

We aren’t expected to pull ourselves up without help.

Kindness to Animals

Ki Teitzei: A resource for families.

Haftarah for Ki Teitzei: Summary

Israel, likened to a barren woman, is promised countless children.

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Parashat Ki Teitzei: Summary

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