The Reading for Today: Deuteronomy 23:9—24:13
Even in war, cleanliness is vital, for it reminds the warrior that the Lord walks in the camp that must be in good order for God to be present.
The word Torah in Hebrew means not only “law” but also includes the concepts of “teaching” and “guidelines.” The Lord gives us the banks of the river, as it were, for the clear movement and flow of our lives.
Remember the obvious: all this comes from the Lord. God is the legislator; no congress or human being has made these laws. Receive them with faith and awe, as you come to understand what the Lord has given us that we might live.
The Sabbath Torah Portion
Ki Tetze (When You Go Out)
Saturdays are dedicated to the Sabbath Torah portions
read in synagogues throughout the world.
This plan follows those traditions that take a third of the portion
over a three year cycle, this year, the second part.
For more about the Torah portions and thoughtful commentaries, visit
The Jewish Theological Seminary.
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