November 19, 2018

Rosner’s Torah-Talk: Parashat Ki Tetze with Rabbi Jennifer Krause

Our guest this week is Rabbi Jennifer Krause, the High Holy Days rabbi at Manhattan's 92nd Street Y. Rabbi Krause received her B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis, MO in English Literature and Near Eastern Studies, and her Rabbinic Ordination and M.A. in Hebrew Literature from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in NY. She is the co-founder of The New Shul in Manhattan, where she served as its first rabbi.  She has served as Assistant Rabbi at Temple Beth-El of Great Neck, NY, and as guest Rabbi-in-Residence at Temple Adas Israel of Sag Harbor, NY. The author of The Answer: Making Sense of Life, One Question at a Time (Perigee), her writing and commentary also have been featured in Newsweek, The New York Times, The Huffington Post, The Daily Beast, and O, The Oprah Magazine.

This Week's Torah Portion – Parashat Ki Titze (Deuteronomy 21:10-25:19) – features a vast number of laws and commandments, including inheritance laws;  judicial procedures and penalties for adultery, rape, and for husbands who falsely accuses their wives of infidelity; laws concerning credit and debt; rules on the treatment of escaped slaves; and Divorce laws. Overall, this week's portion contains 74 of the Torah's 613 commandments. Our discussion focuses on the idea of treating the mitzvot mentioned in the parasha as a way of helping us uphold the dignity of all people. 

If you would like to learn some more about parashat Ki Tetze, take a look at our discussion with Rabbi Aaron Alexander.