Thursday, August 31, 2006

Parashat Ki Tetze

Parashat Ki Tetze is an amazing Parsha. It skips from topic to topic with seeming abandon. From planting a vineyard to Amalek, from tzitzit to divorce, from conversion to honest weights and measures, from the laws of the army camp to conditions for builng a roof, it is all there.

But it is such a mix! What ordering principle lies behind Parashat Ki Tetze? On what basis does the Torah select the sequence of the particular Mitzvot? The Torah is a carefully structured book, however when we reach Parashat Ki Tetze many of the familiar ordering mechanisms elude us.

Through Rav David Zvi Hoffman, Rav Menachem Leibtag, and back to Rashi, we shall investigate this question. Read the shiur.

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