Ki Teitzei (Deuteronomy 21:10 – 25:19)

Courtesy of Julie Seltzer and

This week Moses continues his detailing of the laws, and one caught my eye this year:

(21:15-17) If a man has two wives, one loved and the other unloved, and both the loved and the unloved have borne him sons, but the first-born is the son of the unloved one — when he wills his property to his sons, he may not treat as first-born the son of the loved one in disregard of the son of the unloved one who is older. Instead, he must accept the first-born, the son of the unloved one, and allot to him a double portion of all he possesses; since he is the first fruit of his vigor, the birthright is his due.

Clearly Moses wasn’t paying attention during Bereshit/Genesis!

…Or was he?

In thinking about this, what if the intention of this law, which so clearly goes against what our own Patriarchs and Matriarchs did, was a way of ensuring it never happened again? What if the point is "Abraham, Sarah, and the rest were righteous beyond measure – so much that we ask for God’s grace in their name. And even THEY screwed this up. So there really outta be a law, to keep our sorry butts in line."

SO… limited only by your creativity and the category of food assigned, please bring a food which reflects a way in which you learned from a past mistake.

Not sure what this Torah portion is about? You can find a brief summary in The Edible Torah’s “Condensed Guide to the Weekly Torah Readings”. For more information on what The Edible Torah is all about, along with insight on how to set up a pot-luck Shabbat experience, check out “The Edible Torah”.

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