Parashat Ki Teitzei / All Creatures Great and Small
According to Rabbi Akiva, one must interpret a verse as it stands – without ‘external’ references, even if that means that one must bend its syntax. On the other hand, Rabbi Ishmael maintains that the singling out of oxen and donkeys is an indication that this sort of lexicon can be applied universally to other instances.
One of the many laws in this week’s Parshat Ki Teitzei (Deuteronomy 21:10 – 25:19) is the famous injunction, “Thou shalt not muzzle the ox when he treadeth out the corn” (25:4). When you harness an ox in order...
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