Parsha Talk Ki Teitzei 5782 2022

Rabbis Eliot Malomet, Barry Chesler and Jeremy Kalmanofsky with Parsha Talk, . This week’s parashah, Ki Tetze [Deuteronomy 21:10-25:19], is the most mitzvah dense, with 74 commandments in 110 verses. A number of these commandments are problematic [in no particular order, the call to destroy Amalek (25:17-19), the stubborn and rebellious son (21:18-21), marriage with a woman captured in war (20:10-14); how the rabbis deal with them and how we might deal with them today was the focus of our conversation. But we also touched on some others, such as those which seem to be basic moral precepts: building a parapet (22:8), chasing away the mother bird when taking her young or eggs (22:6-7). We may have even considered some which seem morally neutral: the prohibition against sha’atnez [mixing wool and linen in clothing] and kilayim [mixing seeds of different species, even yoking two different kinds of animals for plowing (22:9-11). We hope you enjoy! Shabbat Shalom!!