Ki Teitzei – Sheini

Bullet Points

By Rabbi Jack Abramowitz

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.

Download Audio File

Relief for the Jewish Community of Houston - Donate Now