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

“What rules do we agree to live by? What values do we share?  Not just at BCC of course — we have only to take any of the news on any given day these days to know we’re living in times of dissent and disagreement, rather than in pursuit of compromise and agreement. We’re living in an era of puzzling animosity in our country, and appalling human cruelty in many parts of the world, including our own.” – Rabbi Lisa Edwards in 2018. Read the full drash

“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*

“If you see your sibling’s donkey or ox fallen on the road, do not hide yourself from them: you must lift it up together.” (Ki Teitzei; Deuteronomy 22:4)

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