Parashat Ki Teitzei sets out a series of miscellaneous laws, mostly governing civil and domestic life, including ordinances regarding a beautiful captive of war, inheritance among the sons of two wives, a wayward son, the corpse of an executed person, found property, coming upon another in distress, rooftop safety, prohibited mixtures, sexual offenses, membership in the congregation, camp hygiene, runaway slaves, prostitution, usury, vows, gleaning, kidnapping, repossession, prompt payment of wages, vicarious liability, flogging, treatment of domestic animals, levirate marriage (יִבּוּם, yibbum), weights and measures, and wiping out the memory of Amalek.
This week’s haftorah is the fifth of a series of seven “Haftarot of Consolation.” These seven haftarot commence on the Shabbat following Tisha b’Av and continue until Rosh Hashanah.
In the Apostolic writings, Messiah takes a strong stance on divorce, stating that it is permissible because of frail flesh.
The fifth portion of the book of Devarim/Deuteronomy is Ki Teitzei, which means “When You Go Out.” This is the 49th Torah Portion.
Torah Portion: Devarim 21:10 – 25:19
Haftorah: Isaiah 54:1-10
Apostolic Writings: Mark 10:2-12
You can read or listen to the Haftarah and Apostolic portions below:
“Sing, barren woman who has never had a child! Burst into song, shout for joy, you who have never been in labor! For the deserted wife will have more children than the woman who is living with her husband,” says HaShem . Enlarge the space for your tent, extend the curtains of your dwelling; do not hold back, lengthen your cords, make your tent pegs firm. For you will spread out to the right and the left, your descendants will possess the nations and inhabit the desolated cities. Don’t be afraid, for you won’t be ashamed; don’t be discouraged, for you won’t be disgraced. You will forget the shame of your youth, no longer remember the dishonor of being widowed. For your husband is your Maker, HaShem – Tzva’ot is his name. The Holy One of Isra’el is your Redeemer. He will be called the G-d of all the earth. For HaShem has called you back like a wife abandoned and grief-stricken; “A wife married in her youth cannot be rejected,” says your G-d. “Briefly I abandoned you, but with great compassion I am taking you back. I was angry for a moment and hid my face from you; but with everlasting grace I will have compassion on you,” says HaShem your Redeemer. “For me this is like Noach’s flood. Just as I swore that no flood like Noach’s would ever again cover the earth, so now I swear that never again will I be angry with you or rebuke you. For the mountains may leave and the hills be removed, but my grace will never leave you, and my covenant of peace will not be removed,” says HaShem , who has compassion on you.
Some P’rushim came up and tried to trap him by asking him, “Does the Torah permit a man to divorce his wife?” He replied, “What did Moshe command you?” They said, “Moshe allowed a man to hand his wife a get and divorce her.” But Yeshua said to them, “He wrote this commandment for you because of your hardheartedness. However, at the beginning of creation, G-d made them male and female. For this reason, a man should leave his father and mother and be united with his wife, and the two are to become one flesh. Thus they are no longer two, but one. So then, no one should break apart what G-d has joined together.” When they were indoors once more, the talmidim asked him about this. He said to them, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery against his wife; and if a wife divorces her husband and marries another man, she too commits adultery.”