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Parsha Ki Tetze

Parsha Ki Tetze

Parsha Ki Tetze כִּי-תֵצֵא is the forty-ninth parsha in the annual reading cycle. It is the fifth reading in Dueteronomy (Devarim). As per Rabbi Sacks, this parsha is the Stipulations – the Specific Provisions of the treaty. 

Ki Tetze כִּי-תֵצֵא is translated as “when you go out“.

In English, Ki Tetze can be spelled 7 ways: (1) K-I T-E-I-T-Z-E-I, (2) K-I  T-E-T-Z-E-I, (3) K-I T-E-T-S-E, (4)K-I T-H-E-T-Z-E , (5) K-I T-E-S-E, (6) K-I T-E-T-Z-E-Y, or (7) K-I S-E-I-T-Z-E-I

Ki Tetze כִּי-תֵצֵא is the first word and the first distinctive word in verse 10. See the Hebrew text below.

י כִּֽי־תֵצֵא לַמִּלְחָמָה עַל־אֹֽיְבֶיךָ וּנְתָנוֹ יְהוָֹה אֱלֹהֶיךָ בְּיָדֶךָ וְשָׁבִיתָ שִׁבְיֽוֹ:

Parsha Ki Tetze Readings

Torah: Deuteronomy (Devarim) 21.10 – 25.19
Halftorah: Isaiah 54.1-10
Brit Hahagaddah: 1 Cor 5.1-5

Parsha Ki Tetze Aliyah:

First reading — Deut. (Devarim) 21.10 – 21
Second reading — Deut. (Devarim) 21.22 – 22.7
Third reading — Deut. (Devarim) 22.8 – 23.7
Fourth reading — Deut. (Devarim) 23.8 – 24
Fifth reading — Deut. (Devarim) 23.25 – 24.4
Sixth reading — Deut. (Devarim)  24.5 – 13
Seventh reading — Deut. (Devarim)  24.14 – 25.19

Parsha Ki Tetze Stats

  • Hebrew letters – 5,856
  • Hebrew words – 1,582
  • Pesukim (sentences) – 110
  • Lines in a Torah Scroll- 213
  • Double Count – 0
  • Scribal Practices – 0
  • Hebrew text for Parsha Ki Tetze כִּי-תֵצֵא
  • Number of Mitzvot in Parsha Ki Tetze כִּי-תֵצֵא
  • Maimonides says: 0
    • Positive – 0
    • Negative – 0
  • Sefer ha-Chinuch says: 74
    • Positive – 27
    • Negative – 47

A1: 21.10 - 21A2: 21.22 - 22.7A3: 22.8 - 23.7A4: 23.8 - 24A5: 23.25 - 24.4A6: 24.5 - 13A7: 24.14 - 25.19Halftorah: Isaiah 54.1-10Brit Hahagaddah: 1 Cor 5.1-5Copyright

Deuteronomy (Devarim) 21.10 – 21 (Parsha Ki Tetze, Aliyah 1)

Deu 21:10  When thou goest forth to battle against thine enemies, and the LORD thy God delivereth them into thy hands, and thou carriest them away captive,
Deu 21:11  and seest among the captives a woman of goodly form, and thou hast a desire unto her, and wouldest take her to thee to wife;
Deu 21:12  then thou shalt bring her home to thy house; and she shall shave her head, and pare her nails;
Deu 21:13  and she shall put the raiment of her captivity from off her, and shall remain in thy house, and bewail her father and her mother a full month; and after that thou mayest go in unto her, and be her husband, and she shall be thy wife.
Deu 21:14  And it shall be, if thou have no delight in her, then thou shalt let her go whither she will; but thou shalt not sell her at all for money, thou shalt not deal with her as a slave, because thou hast humbled her.

Deu 21:15  If a man have two wives, the one beloved, and the other hated, and they have borne him children, both the beloved and the hated; and if the first-born son be hers that was hated;
Deu 21:16  then it shall be, in the day that he causeth his sons to inherit that which he hath, that he may not make the son of the beloved the first-born before the son of the hated, who is the first-born;
Deu 21:17  but he shall acknowledge the first-born, the son of the hated, by giving him a double portion of all that he hath; for he is the first-fruits of his strength, the right of the first-born is his.

Deu 21:18  If a man have a stubborn and rebellious son, that will not hearken to the voice of his father, or the voice of his mother, and though they chasten him, will not hearken unto them;
Deu 21:19  then shall his father and his mother lay hold on him, and bring him out unto the elders of his city, and unto the gate of his place;
Deu 21:20  and they shall say unto the elders of his city: ‘This our son is stubborn and rebellious, he doth not hearken to our voice; he is a glutton, and a drunkard.’
Deu 21:21  And all the men of his city shall stone him with stones, that he die; so shalt thou put away the evil from the midst of thee; and all Israel shall hear, and fear.

Deuteronomy (Devarim) 21.22, 23 Parsha Ki Tetze, Aliyah 2)

Deu 21:22  And if a man have committed a sin worthy of death, and he be put to death, and thou hang him on a tree;
Deu 21:23  his body shall not remain all night upon the tree, but thou shalt surely bury him the same day; for he that is hanged is a reproach unto God; that thou defile not thy land which the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance.

Deuteronomy (Devarim) 22.1-7 Parsha Ki Tetze, Aliyah 2)

Deu 22:1  Thou shalt not see thy brother’s ox or his sheep driven away, and hide thyself from them; thou shalt surely bring them back unto thy brother.
Deu 22:2  And if thy brother be not nigh unto thee, and thou know him not, then thou shalt bring it home to thy house, and it shall be with thee until thy brother require it, and thou shalt restore it to him.
Deu 22:3  And so shalt thou do with his ass; and so shalt thou do with his garment; and so shalt thou do with every lost thing of thy brother’s, which he hath lost, and thou hast found; thou mayest not hide thyself.
Deu 22:4  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.
Deu 22:5  A woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment; for whosoever doeth these things is an abomination unto the LORD thy God.
Deu 22:6  If a bird’s nest chance to be before thee in the way, in any tree or on the ground, with young ones or eggs, and the dam sitting upon the young, or upon the eggs, thou shalt not take the dam with the young;
Deu 22:7  thou shalt in any wise let the dam go, but the young thou mayest take unto thyself; that it may be well with thee, and that thou mayest prolong thy days.

Deuteronomy (Devarim) 22.8 – 23.7 (Parsha Ki Tetze, Aliyah 3)

Deu 22:8  When thou buildest a new house, then thou shalt make a parapet for thy roof, that thou bring not blood upon thy house, if any man fall from thence.
Deu 22:9  Thou shalt not sow thy vineyard with two kinds of seed; lest the fulness of the seed which thou hast sown be forfeited together with the increase of the vineyard.
Deu 22:10  Thou shalt not plow with an ox and an ass together.
Deu 22:11  Thou shalt not wear a mingled stuff, wool and linen together.
Deu 22:12  Thou shalt make thee twisted cords upon the four corners of thy covering, wherewith thou coverest thyself.

Deu 22:13  If any man take a wife, and go in unto her, and hate her,
Deu 22:14  and lay wanton charges against her, and bring up an evil name upon her, and say: ‘I took this woman, and when I came nigh to her, I found not in her the tokens of virginity’;
Deu 22:15  then shall the father of the damsel, and her mother, take and bring forth the tokens of the damsel’s virginity unto the elders of the city in the gate.
Deu 22:16  And the damsel’s father shall say unto the elders: ‘I gave my daughter unto this man to wife, and he hateth her;
Deu 22:17  and, lo, he hath laid wanton charges, saying: I found not in thy daughter the tokens of virginity; and yet these are the tokens of my daughter’s virginity.’ And they shall spread the garment before the elders of the city.
Deu 22:18  And the elders of that city shall take the man and chastise him.
Deu 22:19  And they shall fine him a hundred shekels of silver, and give them unto the father of the damsel, because he hath brought up an evil name upon a virgin of Israel; and she shall be his wife; he may not put her away all his days.
Deu 22:20  But if this thing be true, that the tokens of virginity were not found in the damsel;
Deu 22:21  then they shall bring out the damsel to the door of her father’s house, and the men of her city shall stone her with stones that she die; because she hath wrought a wanton deed in Israel, to play the harlot in her father’s house; so shalt thou put away the evil from the midst of thee.
Deu 22:22  If a man be found lying with a woman married to a husband, then they shall both of them die, the man that lay with the woman, and the woman; so shalt thou put away the evil from Israel.
Deu 22:23  If there be a damsel that is a virgin betrothed unto a man, and a man find her in the city, and lie with her;
Deu 22:24  then ye shall bring them both out unto the gate of that city, and ye shall stone them with stones that they die: the damsel, because she cried not, being in the city; and the man, because he hath humbled his neighbour’s wife; so thou shalt put away the evil from the midst of thee.
Deu 22:25  But if the man find the damsel that is betrothed in the field, and the man take hold of her, and lie with her; then the man only that lay with her shall die.
Deu 22:26  But unto the damsel thou shalt do nothing; there is in the damsel no sin worthy of death; for as when a man riseth against his neighbour, and slayeth him, even so is this matter.
Deu 22:27  For he found her in the field; the betrothed damsel cried, and there was none to save her.
Deu 22:28  If a man find a damsel that is a virgin, that is not betrothed, and lay hold on her, and lie with her, and they be found;
Deu 22:29  then the man that lay with her shall give unto the damsel’s father fifty shekels of silver, and she shall be his wife, because he hath humbled her; he may not put her away all his days.
Deu 22:30  (23:1) A man shall not take his father’s wife, and shall not uncover his father’s skirt.

Deuteronomy (Devarim) 23. 1 – 7 (Parsha Ki Tetze, Aliyah 3)

Deu 23:1  (23:2) He that is crushed or maimed in his privy parts shall not enter into the assembly of the LORD.
Deu 23:2  (23:3) A bastard shall not enter into the assembly of the LORD; even to the tenth generation shall none of his enter into the assembly of the LORD.
Deu 23:3  (23:4) An Ammonite or a Moabite shall not enter into the assembly of the LORD; even to the tenth generation shall none of them enter into the assembly of the LORD for ever;
Deu 23:4  (23:5) because they met you not with bread and with water in the way, when ye came forth out of Egypt; and because they hired against thee Balaam the son of Beor from Pethor of Aram-naharaim, to curse thee.
Deu 23:5  (23:6) Nevertheless the LORD thy God would not hearken unto Balaam; but the LORD thy God turned the curse into a blessing unto thee, because the LORD thy God loved thee.
Deu 23:6  (23:7) Thou shalt not seek their peace nor their prosperity all thy days for ever.
Deu 23:7  (23:8) Thou shalt not abhor an Edomite, for he is thy brother; thou shalt not abhor an Egyptian, because thou wast a stranger in his land.

Deuteronomy (Devarim) 23.8 – 24 (Parsha Ki Tetze, Aliyah 4)

Deu 23:8  (23:9) The children of the third generation that are born unto them may enter into the assembly of the LORD.
Deu 23:9  (23:10) When thou goest forth in camp against thine enemies, then thou shalt keep thee from every evil thing.
Deu 23:10  (23:11) If there be among you any man, that is not clean by reason of that which chanceth him by night, then shall he go abroad out of the camp, he shall not come within the camp.
Deu 23:11  (23:12) But it shall be, when evening cometh on, he shall bathe himself in water; and when the sun is down, he may come within the camp.
Deu 23:12  (23:13) Thou shalt have a place also without the camp, whither thou shalt go forth abroad.
Deu 23:13  (23:14) And thou shalt have a paddle among thy weapons; and it shall be, when thou sittest down abroad, thou shalt dig therewith, and shalt turn back and cover that which cometh from thee.
Deu 23:14  (23:15) For the LORD thy God walketh in the midst of thy camp, to deliver thee, and to give up thine enemies before thee; therefore shall thy camp be holy; that He see no unseemly thing in thee, and turn away from thee.

Deu 23:15  (23:16) Thou shalt not deliver unto his master a bondman that is escaped from his master unto thee;
Deu 23:16  (23:17) he shall dwell with thee, in the midst of thee, in the place which he shall choose within one of thy gates, where it liketh him best; thou shalt not wrong him.
Deu 23:17  (23:18) There shall be no harlot of the daughters of Israel, neither shall there be a sodomite of the sons of Israel.
Deu 23:18  (23:19) Thou shalt not bring the hire of a harlot, or the price of a dog, into the house of the LORD thy God for any vow; for even both these are an abomination unto the LORD thy God.
Deu 23:19  (23:20) Thou shalt not lend upon interest to thy brother: interest of money, interest of victuals, interest of any thing that is lent upon interest.
Deu 23:20  (23:21) Unto a foreigner thou mayest lend upon interest; but unto thy brother thou shalt not lend upon interest; that the LORD thy God may bless thee in all that thou puttest thy hand unto, in the land whither thou goest in to possess it.
Deu 23:21  (23:22) When thou shalt vow a vow unto the LORD thy God, thou shalt not be slack to pay it; for the LORD thy God will surely require it of thee; and it will be sin in thee.
Deu 23:22  (23:23) But if thou shalt forbear to vow, it shall be no sin in thee.
Deu 23:23  (23:24) That which is gone out of thy lips thou shalt observe and do; according as thou hast vowed freely unto the LORD thy God, even that which thou hast promised with thy mouth.
Deu 23:24  (23:25) When thou comest into thy neighbour’s vineyard, then thou mayest eat grapes until thou have enough at thine own pleasure; but thou shalt not put any in thy vessel.

Deuteronomy (Devarim) 23.25 (Parsha Ki Tetze, Aliyah 5)

Deu 23:25  (23:26) When thou comest into thy neighbour’s standing corn, then thou mayest pluck ears with thy hand; but thou shalt not move a sickle unto thy neighbour’s standing corn.

Deuteronomy (Devarim) 24. 1-4 (Parsha Ki Tetze, Aliyah 5)

Deu 24:1  When a man taketh a wife, and marrieth her, then it cometh to pass, if she find no favour in his eyes, because he hath found some unseemly thing in her, that he writeth her a bill of divorcement, and giveth it in her hand, and sendeth her out of his house,
Deu 24:2  and she departeth out of his house, and goeth and becometh another man’s wife,
Deu 24:3  and the latter husband hateth her, and writeth her a bill of divorcement, and giveth it in her hand, and sendeth her out of his house; or if the latter husband die, who took her to be his wife;
Deu 24:4  her former husband, who sent her away, may not take her again to be his wife, after that she is defiled; for that is abomination before the LORD; and thou shalt not cause the land to sin, which the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance.

Deuteronomy (Devarim) 24.5 – 13 (Parsha Ki Tetze, Aliyah 6)

Deu 24:5  When a man taketh a new wife, he shall not go out in the host, neither shall he be charged with any business; he shall be free for his house one year, and shall cheer his wife whom he hath taken.
Deu 24:6  No man shall take the mill or the upper millstone to pledge; for he taketh a man’s life to pledge.
Deu 24:7  If a man be found stealing any of his brethren of the children of Israel, and he deal with him as a slave, and sell him; then that thief shall die; so shalt thou put away the evil from the midst of thee.
Deu 24:8  Take heed in the plague of leprosy, that thou observe diligently, and do according to all that the priests the Levites shall teach you, as I commanded them, so ye shall observe to do.
Deu 24:9  Remember what the LORD thy God did unto Miriam, by the way as ye came forth out of Egypt.
Deu 24:10  When thou dost lend thy neighbour any manner of loan, thou shalt not go into his house to fetch his pledge.
Deu 24:11  Thou shalt stand without, and the man to whom thou dost lend shall bring forth the pledge without unto thee.
Deu 24:12  And if he be a poor man, thou shalt not sleep with his pledge;
Deu 24:13  thou shalt surely restore to him the pledge when the sun goeth down, that he may sleep in his garment, and bless thee; and it shall be righteousness unto thee before the LORD thy God.

Deuteronomy (Devarim) 24.14 – 25.19 (Parsha Ki Tetze, Aliyah 7)

Deu 24:14  Thou shalt not oppress a hired servant that is poor and needy, whether he be of thy brethren, or of thy strangers that are in thy land within thy gates.
Deu 24:15  In the same day thou shalt give him his hire, neither shall the sun go down upon it; for he is poor, and setteth his heart upon it: lest he cry against thee unto the LORD and it be sin in thee.
Deu 24:16  The fathers shall not be put to death for the children, neither shall the children be put to death for the fathers; every man shall be put to death for his own sin.
Deu 24:17  Thou shalt not pervert the justice due to the stranger, or to the fatherless; nor take the widow’s raiment to pledge.
Deu 24:18  But thou shalt remember that thou wast a bondman in Egypt, and the LORD thy God redeemed thee thence; therefore I command thee to do this thing.
Deu 24:19  When thou reapest thy harvest in thy field, and hast forgot a sheaf in the field, thou shalt not go back to fetch it; it shall be for the stranger, for the fatherless, and for the widow; that the LORD thy God may bless thee in all the work of thy hands.
Deu 24:20  When thou beatest thine olive-tree, thou shalt not go over the boughs again; it shall be for the stranger, for the fatherless, and for the widow.
Deu 24:21  When thou gatherest the grapes of thy vineyard, thou shalt not glean it after thee; it shall be for the stranger, for the fatherless, and for the widow.
Deu 24:22  And thou shalt remember that thou wast a bondman in the land of Egypt; therefore I command thee to do this thing.

Deuteronomy (Devarim)  25. 1-19 (Parsha Ki Tetze, Aliyah 7)

Deu 25:1  If there be a controversy between men, and they come unto judgment, and the judges judge them, by justifying the righteous, and condemning the wicked,
Deu 25:2  then it shall be, if the wicked man deserve to be beaten, that the judge shall cause him to lie down, and to be beaten before his face, according to the measure of his wickedness, by number.
Deu 25:3  Forty stripes he may give him, he shall not exceed; lest, if he should exceed, and beat him above these with many stripes, then thy brother should be dishonoured before thine eyes.
Deu 25:4  Thou shalt not muzzle the ox when he treadeth out the corn.

Deu 25:5  If brethren dwell together, and one of them die, and have no child, the wife of the dead shall not be married abroad unto one not of his kin; her husband’s brother shall go in unto her, and take her to him to wife, and perform the duty of a husband’s brother unto her.
Deu 25:6  And it shall be, that the first-born that she beareth shall succeed in the name of his brother that is dead, that his name be not blotted out of Israel.
Deu 25:7  And if the man like not to take his brother’s wife, then his brother’s wife shall go up to the gate unto the elders, and say: ‘My husband’s brother refuseth to raise up unto his brother a name in Israel; he will not perform the duty of a husband’s brother unto me.’
Deu 25:8  Then the elders of his city shall call him, and speak unto him; and if he stand, and say: ‘I like not to take her’;
Deu 25:9  then shall his brother’s wife draw nigh unto him in the presence of the elders, and loose his shoe from off his foot, and spit in his face; and she shall answer and say: ‘So shall it be done unto the man that doth not build up his brother’s house.’
Deu 25:10  And his name shall be called in Israel The house of him that had his shoe loosed.

Deu 25:11  When men strive together one with another, and the wife of the one draweth near to deliver her husband out of the hand of him that smiteth him, and putteth forth her hand, and taketh him by the secrets;
Deu 25:12  then thou shalt cut off her hand, thine eye shall have no pity.
Deu 25:13  Thou shalt not have in thy bag diverse weights, a great and a small.
Deu 25:14  Thou shalt not have in thy house diverse measures, a great and a small.
Deu 25:15  A perfect and just weight shalt thou have; a perfect and just measure shalt thou have; that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.
Deu 25:16  For all that do such things, even all that do unrighteously, are an abomination unto the LORD thy God.
Deu 25:17  Remember what Amalek did unto thee by the way as ye came forth out of Egypt;
Deu 25:18  how he met thee by the way, and smote the hindmost of thee, all that were enfeebled in thy rear, when thou wast faint and weary; and he feared not God.
Deu 25:19  Therefore it shall be, when the LORD thy God hath given thee rest from all thine enemies round about, in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance to possess it, that thou shalt blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven; thou shalt not forget.

Isaiah 54.1 – 10 (Parsha Ki Tetze, Haftarah)

Isa 54:1  Sing, O barren, thou that didst not bear, break forth into singing, and cry aloud, thou that didst not travail; for more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife, saith the LORD.
Isa 54:2  Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thy habitations, spare not; lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes.
Isa 54:3  For thou shalt spread abroad on the right hand and on the left; and thy seed shall possess the nations, and make the desolate cities to be inhabited.
Isa 54:4  Fear not, for thou shalt not be ashamed. Neither be thou confounded, for thou shalt not be put to shame; for thou shalt forget the shame of thy youth, and the reproach of thy widowhood shalt thou remember no more.
Isa 54:5  For thy Maker is thy husband, the LORD of hosts is His name; and the Holy One of Israel is thy Redeemer, the God of the whole earth shall He be called.
Isa 54:6  For the LORD hath called thee as a wife forsaken and grieved in spirit; and a wife of youth, can she be rejected? saith thy God.
Isa 54:7  For a small moment have I forsaken thee; but with great compassion will I gather thee.
Isa 54:8  In a little wrath I hid My face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have compassion on thee, saith the LORD thy Redeemer.
Isa 54:9  For this is as the waters of Noah unto Me; for as I have sworn that the waters of Noah should no more go over the earth, so have I sworn that I would not be wroth with thee, nor rebuke thee.
Isa 54:10  For the mountains may depart, and the hills be removed; but My kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall My covenant of peace be removed, saith the LORD that hath compassion on thee.

1 Cor. 5.1-5 (Parsha Ki Tetze, Renewed Covenant)

1Co 5:1  It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that is not tolerated even among pagans, for a man has his father’s wife.
1Co 5:2  And you are arrogant! Ought you not rather to mourn? Let him who has done this be removed from among you.
1Co 5:3  For though absent in body, I am present in spirit; and as if present, I have already pronounced judgment on the one who did such a thing.
1Co 5:4  When you are assembled in the name of the Lord Jesus and my spirit is present, with the power of our Lord Jesus,
1Co 5:5  you are to deliver this man to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord.

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Covenant & Conversation Commentary – Rabbi Sacks book on Amazon. Parsha Reeh contains a total of five different articles on pages 118 – 148.

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Torah Pearls #49 – Ki Teitzei – Nehemia Gordan’s teaching on Parsha Ki Tetze.

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