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.

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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...