Student Teaching in the New Millenium

Which one of these things doesn’t belong? (5771 Ki Teitzei II)

In Deuteronomy on September 6, 2011 at 6:00 am

Three circles
Walk into a bar and say
Who’s the square?

Isaiah 54:1-10
Deuteronomy 21:22-22:7

The second aliyah discusses five things:

1. Don’t hang someone’s body on a tree overnight
2. Save your brother’s lost property for him
3. Help your brother when his property is in hardship
4. Cross-dressing is an abomination
5. Don’t take the dam with the young (birds)

Each of these laws involve an act of loving kindness but one. What does cross-dressing have to do with loving kindness?

Rashi explains for an abomination (Deut. 22:8) as The Torah forbids only a garment which leads to abomination. What is meant by a garment that leads to abomination?

The Torah frequently reminds us to abolish idols. An interpretation of this is to abolish ignorance. If we accept this reading, what does our verse about cross-dressing become?

Is this a grave way of conveying our responsibilities to our communities? Should a civilian impersonate a police officer? Should a police officer impersonate a judge and jury? Should a child abuser impersonate a teacher? Should a teacher impersonate a prophet? Should a Rabbi impersonate a Priest? Should you make yourself up as something you are not and lead others astray?

Or should you educate people on reality versus fantasy? Is education an act of loving kindness?

Final question: is labeling an abomination?

  1. i think the torah means don’t wear plaids!

    • pfft! Ha ha ha! I get it! I’m still proud of this one, though. 🙂

      When the Torah gives you something you have to really stretch to rationalize, is it usually a joke? Like mixing linen and wool?

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