OU TORAHDedicated by the Jacobs and Chill Families in Memory of Harold and Pearl Jacobs
Dora Bas Rivka Silver O'H
The rest of the parsha is a series of assorted laws, some repeats and others recorded here for the first time, in relatively short bursts.
* The body of a man who is executed for a capital crime is very briefly displayed as a deterrent. It is hung up shortly before sunset, then taken down and buried. (Even a convicted felon deserves a speedy and respectful burial.)
* We must return lost objects to their owners, or safeguard them until their owners can be identified. We cannot ignore them.
* If someone's animal is fallen under the weight of its load, we must help him pick it up.
* Transvestism - either a man wearing women's clothing or the opposite - is forbidden.
* If you want to take the eggs or young birds from a nest, you must first shoo the mother bird away. This is an incredibly simple thing to do, but the Torah promises rich spiritual rewards for its fulfillment.