Parshas: Ki Seitzei

Parshas: Ki Seitzei

This week’s Torah portion contains 74 mitzvos (commandments) — more than 10% of the 613 mitzvos of the Torah. Among the highlights:

  • Guidelines for treatment of captured female prisoners of war.
  • Treatment of the ‘stubborn and rebellious son’.
  • Prohibition of wearing shatnez — a mixture of wool and linen in the same garment.
  • The case of the defamation of a married woman.
  • Men are forbidden from wearing women’s clothing and vice versa.
  • Taking interest for lending to a Jew is forbidden.
  • The requirement of a get (bill of divorce) when divorce takes place.
  • The obligation to pay workers in a timely fashion (handymen, babysitters, etc.)
  • Special consideration must be given to a widow and orphan.

This power-packed Torah portion concludes with the command to remember the atrocities which the nation of Amalek (from whom Haman came) committed against us upon our exodus from Egypt.