Monday, September 04, 2017

When does Deuteronomy let you eat from your neighbor's field?

PROF. SHAYE J.D. COHEN: Permission to Eat from Your Neighbor’s Field? (
Parashat Ki Tetze (Deuteronomy 21:10-25:19) contains more commandments than any other parashah. According to one mitzvah tabulator,[1] the count is 27 positive mitzvot (“thou shalts”) and 47 prohibitions (“thou shalt nots”). The commandments are simply listed, one after another, with little or no thematic or verbal connection between them.[2] Without contextual clues how to interpret the law, we are left with just the plain text whose meaning is often elusive.

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