Torah Study

sefer torahWeekly Torah Study is Saturday morning at 9. We meet in the Room 202 of Temple Brith Kodesh (enter by Door A).  We decide year by year how we'll approach the weekly portion.  Last year we used the weekly d'var Torah from Rabbi Jonathan Sacks as a jumping off point.  This year, we're going to consider each parsha from a Mussar perspective.  Each week an email is sent out (usually on Thursday) to anyone who may be interested.  You're welcome on Saturday, whether or not you got the email or had time to read it.  Discussions are generally lively.

Parshat Ki Teitzei

Mother donkey and foal

Devarim 22:1-3
If you see your fellow's ox or sheep gone astray, do not ignore it; you must take it back to your fellow. If your fellow does not live near you or you do not know who he is, you shall bring it home and it shall remain with you until your fellow claims it; then you shall give it back to him. You shall do the same with his ass; you shall do the same with his garment; and so too shall you do with anything that your fellow loses and you find; you must not remain indifferent. If you see your fellow's ass or ox fallen on the road, do not ignore it; you must help him raise it.

What does this imply, beyond the literal meaning of returning lost property or a fallen donkey?

Shemot 23:5
When you see the ass of your enemy lying under its burden and would refrain from raising it, you must nevertheless raise it with him.

Why does the Torah specifically refer to helping a brother in one place, and an enemy in another place?

Sifrei Devarim 225:1
Whence do I derive (the same for) the ass of your foe? From Shemot 23:5. If so, why is it written in (Devarim) "your brother"? Torah in Shemot speaks against the evil inclination (i.e., Assist not only the ass of your brother, but even the ass of your foe -- against the protestations of your evil inclination.)

S. R. Hirsch, Nineteen Letters
Your mission, however, is not limited by the walls of your house; beyond their limits you must assist with every particle of your strength wherever it is necessary to save the life, the property, or the happiness of a human being ... or to help suffering creatures of the lower order wherever you can ... support the needy, clothe the naked, feed the hungry, console the mourning, heal the sick, care for the unprovided, advise those in need of counsel, teach the ignorant, reconcile those sundered by anger and quarrel -- in a word, to be a blessing whenever and wherever you can.

Rabbi Henach Leibowitz
The manner in which we act toward others is the ultimate manifestation of our religiosity and our love of Hashem. If how we act towards others is the "ultimate manifestation," what does this mean about observance of ritualistic mitzvot, or those regarding personal behavior (like kashrut)? How might the latter relate to our behavior towards others?

 

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Torah Study Archive

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Mother donkey and foal
August 31, 2017 by Office
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Judge Judy receiving a file from her bailiff
August 24, 2017 by Office
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Family harvesting fruit
August 17, 2017 by Office
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What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and walk humbly with your God? Micha 6:8
August 10, 2017 by Office
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The Golden Calf
August 3, 2017 by Office
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The fall of the second temple
July 27, 2017 by Office
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The Israelites Encamped at Mt. Sinai
July 20, 2017 by Office
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Daughters of Zelophead
July 13, 2017 by Office
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Man riding a donkey toward some mountains
July 7, 2017 by Office
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Moses striking the rock
June 29, 2017 by Office
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desert
June 23, 2017 by Office
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grasshopper
June 15, 2017 by Office
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gossip
June 9, 2017 by Office
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Samson slayed 1000 men
June 1, 2017 by Office
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woman begging
May 18, 2017 by Office
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Leaving the corners of the field
May 11, 2017 by Office
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You should be holy, for I, the Lord Your God, am holy. Leviticus 19: 2
May 4, 2017 by Office
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isolated figure
April 28, 2017 by Office
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Egg packaging with kosher label
April 21, 2017 by Office
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Priest at the altar
April 13, 2017 by Office
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Custom made jacket marked with tailor's chalk and basting
April 6, 2017 by Office
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Calm path with side-lighting
March 31, 2017 by Office
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The Mishkan
March 26, 2017 by Office
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The High Priest
March 10, 2017 by Office
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Crossing the Reed Sea
February 9, 2017 by Office
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The second plague of Egypt
February 2, 2017 by Office
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Parshat vaera
January 26, 2017 by Office
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Moses and the daughters of Midian
January 20, 2017 by Office
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Jacob blessing Joseph's sons
January 12, 2017 by Office
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Joseph reveals himself to his brothers
January 5, 2017 by Office
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Joseph interprets Pharoh's dream
December 29, 2016 by Office
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Joseph's coat being shown to Jacob
December 22, 2016 by Office
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Jacob meets Esau
December 15, 2016 by Office
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Jacob deceives Isaac
December 8, 2016 by Office
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Burial of Sarah
November 25, 2016 by Office
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Abraham's tent
November 18, 2016 by Office
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Lech Lecha--Going out
November 16, 2016 by Office
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The drunkenness of Noah
November 3, 2016 by Office
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Jealousy, by Edvard Munch
October 27, 2016 by Office
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Guitar at sunrise
October 13, 2016 by Office
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The Israelites ready to cross into the promised land
October 5, 2016 by Office
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Sunset over a valley with a meandering river
September 29, 2016 by Office
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birch bark showing the shape of a heart
September 14, 2016 by Office
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Your word is hour bond, so take them seriously
August 17, 2016 by Office
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elderly man on a scooter
August 17, 2016 by Office
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flamingo amongst swans
July 7, 2016 by Office
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Scary giant
June 30, 2016 by Office
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sparrow pelted by snow
June 30, 2016 by Office
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