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5760 This week’s section begins with war. “When you go out to war on your enemies” Rashi explains that it refers here to an ‘optional’ war i.e. one that the king declares for almost any reason, such as increasing national boundaries or even fattening the state treasuries. This is not so understood. It is well known that the Torah places prime importance on life. One is allowed to transgress almost the entire Torah (except idolatry, murder and adultery) to save a life. If so how can the Torah allow the King to declare war and risk human lives for such a thing as land or money!?
5761 One of the 73 commandments in this week's section, is about returning lost items. This is very relevant to the Jewish month of Elul (the last month of the Jewish year, which we are currently in), when everyone is trying to "return" to G-d before Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur; the Days of Judgment. In general, that is the job of "Tzadikim" (completely G-dly Jews). To give advice, prayer, inspiration, and help people to return to their true G-dly purpose.
5762 This week's section ends with three commandments dealing with Amelek: a nation that hates the Jews and tries to destroy them whenever possible.
5763 This week's section contains 73 commandments, more than any other in the Torah. One of them is the prohibition of a Jewish woman marrying a convert from Moab (a Jewish man can marry a Moabite convert as in the story of Boaz and Ruth).
5764 This week's section begins with war, ends with war and contains many commandments of war: Not to fear the enemy, to appoint a special 'Cohen' (priest) for the soldiers, to offer the enemy surrender before making battle, and more.
5765 This week's Torah portion contains more commandments than any other. One of them is how to divorce one's wife; a document must be written etc. Interestingly the Talmud (Gittin 90a) teaches that divorce is bad. In fact G-d hates it so much that every time a woman is divorced the Holy Temple Altar sheds tears.
5766 This week's section begins with the bizarre law of the 'beautiful (gentile) woman': "When you go to war on your enemies and G-d will put it in your hand and you will take prisoners. And you see a beautiful woman and you take her for a wife etc."
5767 This week's section contains 73 of G-d's 613 commandments to the Jews; more than any other weekly portion in the Torah. The commandments here range from the intricate laws of divorce and of Yibum to which entire tractates of the Talmud are devoted to one the simplest; paying your hired workers on time. (24:15)
5768 This week we as we approach the end of the Book of Dvorim we find Seventy two commandments, more than any other weekly portion in the Torah.
5769 This week's Torah portion contains 73 commandments and three of them are contained in its last paragraph: "Remember what Amalek did when you were on the way to leaving Egypt. That he ambushed you and killed all the stragglers that were weak and tired and he did not fear G-d. And when G-d gives you the land (of Israel), wipe out the memory of Amalek from under the heavens - don't forget."
5770 This week's Torah portion contains a lot of commandments; 73 altogether. Some deal with marriage and divorce, for instance the laws of Yibum (marrying one's childless dead brother's widow) and laws of requiring a special 'divorce bill' ('called a 'Get'). Others are monetary laws like not delaying wages and having honest weights and measures.
5771 This week's portion begins with the words; 'When you go out to war on your enemies'.
5772 This week’s Torah portion begins with details of going to war. The Zohar, other Kabalistic works and the Chassidic masters explain that war also implies prayer.
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