Parashat Ki Tavo / A Text Writ Large, but Hidden

The sages were particularly apprehensive about the gentiles’ reaction to Deuteronomy 20, where God explicitly commands Israel to annihilate the nations inhabiting Canaan.

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Throughout the Book of Deuteronomy, Moses is preparing the Israelites for the major change they will undergo upon entering the Promised Land. The transition from a nomadic life to one within the borders of a...