Ya’acov leaves his home to escape the wrath of his brother Esau and travels to Haran (Mesopotamia – in Iraq of today) to the home of his uncle Lavan….
Rabbi Marcus – Ki Tetze
This week’s Sidra is unique in that it contains 74 Mitzvot (Commandments) – more than in any other Sidra in the Torah. Moshe reviews a variety of Mitzvot, all intended to strengthen family life, promote human decency and maintain a civilised society. Including – the prohibition of treating a woman captured during warfare as slave property; parental responsibility regarding education of their children; the injunction to return lost property; kindness to animals; laws regarding proselytes; accident prevention; communal responsibility for the needs of strangers, widows and orphans; prohibition of taking interest on a loan; rules regarding the relationship between employer and employee and laws relating to honest business practices.
The general theme of the Sidra is the upholding of the principles of honesty and decency which, if observed, Moshe assures us, will make for a just and peaceful society