Ki Teitzei contains more “mitzvoth” than any other Parasha in the Torah. There are some 74 mitzvoth said to be stated or restated in this week’s Parasha, more than 10% of the total 613.
There seems to be a common theme in that many of them exhibit an incredible understanding of human nature and how it can be healthfully harnessed to have a well-functioning society.
It is exciting to delve into the depths of the divine wisdom of the Torah and to see how “laws” that appear curious or even cruel, may actually be among the most wise and compassionate imaginable.
For instance, how can it ever be acceptable to kill a child deemed wayward or rebellious? It is so easy disregard or disrespect “laws” that we dismiss as arcane or no longer relevant. “That was then,” we say. “That was an agricultural society,” we say. We live in vastly different times. Yet our Torah is timeless and its principles are eternal.
“Drosh v’kabel sechar” which can be translated as “Expound and be rewarded,” is a fundamental concept of our people. Working to understand and discover the incredible wisdom of the Torah in all its nuances can be transformational. As we approach the new year, we are each looking for positive changes to our lives. The study of Torah—Drosh – can provide rewards in ways too numerous to mention—Sechar.
Our Adat Shalom provides these opportunities every Shabbat with great teachers and insights in a most warm and welcoming atmosphere. Join us this Shabbat when we learn with Rabbi Rachel Shere. 9:45 a.m. in the Shiffman Chapel. Come as you are. Stay as long as you like. Be a part of our incredible community.
Make this new year your best ever.
Shabbat Shalom and Shanah Tovah,