Weekly Torah Portion: Ki Teitzei (Deuteronomy 21:10-25:19)


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. Read an extensive summary on My Jewish Learning

Related D’var Torah

“In our own congregation, we have so many ways that love makes a family– two moms, two dads, a single parent, gender-queer adults to children, parents of adult children, grandparents to children, couples, singles, we have bio dads and multigenerational households and friends who are really more like family and so many more. But the one thing that makes a family– is the love that binds it.” – Rabbi Heather Miller in 2016. Read the drash

“What is something that we can each do to help build a just and righteous society that pays workers a living wage with basic benefits?” – Rabbi Heather Miller in 2014. Read the full drash

“This week,too, is an opportunity for us as a community and as individuals to console those modern souls we left behind for Amalek to pick-off…” – Steve Leider in 2005. Read the full drash

“It’s not that you’re dressing like a boy, my mother’s explanation taught me, it’s that you’re dressing like yourself…” – Rabbi Lisa Edwards in 2001. Read the full drash

Torah Verse of the Week*

“When you reap the harvest in your field and overlook a sheaf in the field, do not turn back to get it; it shall go to the stranger [refugee], the orphan, and the widow — in order that God your God may bless you in all your undertakings.” (Ki Teitzei; Deuteronomy 24:19)

Other Suggested Readings

This week’s Torah portion, Ki Teitzei (Deut. 21:10-25:19), contains more mitzvot (commandments) of any portion, 74 of the traditional 613. Read from our Telephone Torah Study archive

“Hiding yourself is different from ignoring something or being indifferent to someone else;s plight. Hiding yourself is not only about shirking responsibility, it’s about closeting yourself.” – Rabbi Lisa Edwards remarks in 2007 for Adult Bnei Mitzvah on torah portion Ki Teitzei. Read the full remarks


*Torah Verse of the Week is chosen by the Torah class during Tuesdays’ studies with Rabbi Lisa Edwards. Check out when our next Torah Study takes place

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