Thread: Derech Eretz-The Way Of The Land
February 5th 2006, 05:01 AM #1
Derech Eretz-The Way Of The Land
What does "Derech Eretz" have to do with a path? A "derech" implies a starting point, a desired end point, and each connected step along the the way leading one to that end point. If one deviates from moving towards the desired goal, if one's steps are not connected to each other, following the necessary route to bring him to where he is going, then that person is off the path.
Parashat Ki Teitzei
"In Deuteronomy...monotheism is central, and God's Chosen Ones are time and again reminded that theirs is an unequaled opportunity. Their task is not easy, and it is weighted with warnings of certain retribution for misdeeds. But the people are not adrift on an uncharted sea; they have guides to help them" (Weinberg and Plaut in Plaut, Revised Edition, 1142).
Parashat Ki Teitzei contains 72 mitzvot dealing with topics ranging from treatment of enemy captives, to insubordinate children, property responsibilities, divorce, rights of strangers, loans, vows made to God, worker rights, charity and inheritance. The parashah concludes with the commandment to blot out Amalek, for they attacked the weakest members of the Israelite community.• Edited by a Moderator •
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February 5th 2006, 05:02 AM #2
Re: Derech Eretz-The Way Of The Land
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