5780 — Ki Tetze: The Mitzvah of the Roof Rail – Guarding Against a Fall

Posted by Michael Hattin on August 23, 2020
Topics: Pardes from Jerusalem, Torah, Devarim (Deuteronomy), Ki Tetze

This week’s parasha (Deuteronomy 21:10) introduces us to a Torah command with a seemingly obvious rationale. We will explore the interpretation of the Sefer HaChinuch who sees in this mitzvah a foundation principle: we are subject to laws of nature that cannot be ignored, except at our own peril.

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Michael teaches Bible and Halakha at Pardes. He holds a professional degree in Architecture from the University of Toronto and rabbinic ordination from the Chief Rabbinate of Israel. He teaches Chumash and Prophets as well as Halakha at the Pardes Institute. For many years Michael authored the weekly online publications Introduction to Parasha and Lessons on Prophets for the Virtual Beit Midrash of Yeshivat Har Etzion, reaching a combined readership of several thousand. Click here to read more.

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