This week, Rabbis Elliott Kukla and Reuben Zellman
 examine parashat Ki Teitze, proving that clothes
 most certainly don’t make the person.
For all those who have ever struggled with how to discipline children’s bad behavior, this week’s parashah, Ki-Teitze, offers an easy answer: stone them to death! (Deut. 21:18-21)
Thankfully, Jews have recognized for over a thousand years that this is an unacceptable solution to a common problem. In fact, we learn in the Talmud (Sanhedrin 71a) that this apparent commandment of the Torah was never once carried out. Our Sages refused to interpret this verse literally, as it conflicted with their understanding of the holiness of each and every human life.MORE>

Moses enumerates many laws
that relate to topics of family relationships,
 interpersonal ethics, forbidden mixtures,
 and sexuality.
In continuing his last speech, Moses delivers specific rules on family relationships. "If a beautiful woman is taken captive in war, you may take her as your wife. However, you must wait a month before you take her, so that she may weep for her mother and her father. If you do not take pleasure in her, you must let her go as she wishes, and neither sell her for money, nor take advantage of her.
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from AJWS
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 from Social Action
 from Women of Reform Judaism

Torah Institute

Ki Teitzei

 Eight 8 Articles

impalement of Judeans in a Neo-Assyrian relief

The haftarah selection is from
 Isaiah 54:1-10.

"In slight anger, for a moment,
I hid My face from you;

But with kindness everlasting

I will take you back in love."

(Isaiah 54: 8)

Jewish World News

August, 30, 2012

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