A burden of responsibility / Parashat Ki Tetzei
The commandment to unload a burden is, to a certain extent, an act of protest directed against the idea of human beings owning animals and using them to serve their own needs.
This week’s Torah reading is full of commandments, a number of which relate to the sort of relationship a person should have with animals: “Thou shalt not see thy brother’s ass or his ox fallen down by the way, and hide thyself from them; thou shalt surely help him to lift them up again” (Deuteronomy 22:4). A person is walking along and encounters another person with a beast of burden...
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