Friday, September 04, 2020

Deuteronomy's rules for marrying a captive woman

PROF. RABBI SHAYE J. D. COHEN, DR.RABBI ZEV FARBER: Marrying a Beautiful Captive Woman (
If an Israelite wishes to marry a woman taken captive in war, she becomes part of the Israelite polity and is protected from future re-enslavement. Uncomfortable with the Torah’s permitting this marriage, the rabbis declare it to be a compromise to man’s “evil impulse,” an idea reminiscent of Jesus’ claim that the Torah allows divorce as a compromise to humanity’s “hard heart.”

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