Rav Kook on Parshat Ki Tetze

“Remember what Amalek did to you on your way out of Egypt. When they encountered you on the way, and you were tired and exhausted, they cut off those lagging to your rear, and they did not fear God. Therefore… you must obliterate the memory of Amalek from under the heavens.” (Deut. 25:17-8) The Torah prohibits 39 categories of melachah — activities which are forbidden on the Sabbath. One is to erase writing. There are, however, different forms of erasing. Erasing merely to blot out what is written is a destructive act, and destructive acts are not forbidden on Shabbat by Torah law. Melachah is constructive activity, similar to God’s creative acts when forming the universe:


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3 Responses to Rav Kook on Parshat Ki Tetze

  1. Ki Teitzei:

    Remembering Miriam’s Punishment
    Rationale for the Mitzvot
    Free Will versus Causality
    The Rebellious Son – Preventive Medicine
    Waging War
    Drafting Yeshiva Students
    Sha’atnez – A Glimpse into the Future

  2. If a man takes a wife and cohabits with her, and it comes to pass that she does not find favor in his eyes because he discovers in her a promiscuous matter – he should write her a writ of divorce and give it into her hands, and send her away from his house:


  3. Torah’s Kilayim laws:

    We live in the age of unity. “Synthesis,” “integration,” “cohesion” and similar catchwords have come to dominate virtually every area of human endeavor, from business to art, from scientific theory to personal relationships.No doubt, all this harmony is a good thing. But at times, something within us resists the call to break down yet another boundary, to erase yet another distinction. Something within us protests that certain things just don’t mix, that the combination of two very different realities will often result in a hybrid that is neither here nor there, rendered useless or worse by its inherent contradictions:


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