Inspiration Through Torah in 5776: Ki Teitzei

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This week we are studying the Torah portion Ki Teitzei. In this week’s portion, there are a variety of laws some dealing with marriage, some concerning divorce, some about firstborn sons, some about sexual immorality, and so on.

You may decide to read the portion in one sitting, or you might decide to do the FULL KRIYAH which breaks up the parsha so that you can pace yourself and concentrate on a smaller section each day.

This week, the readings for the Torah portion for each day of the week will be as follows:

1: 21:10-21 (12 p’sukim)

2: 21:22-22:7 (9 p’sukim)

3: 22:8-23:7 (29 p’sukim)

4: 23:8-24 (17 p’sukim)

5: 23:25-24:4 (6 p’sukim)

6: 24:5-13 (9 p’sukim)

7: 24:14-25:19 (28 p’sukim)

In addition to the Torah portion, the haftarah portion is Isaiah 54:1 – 54:10.

The accompanying psalm to be read on Shabbat for this week’s portion is 32.

Continue to journal this week, writing down your thoughts, themes, and Bible verses that come to mind for the individual days, and/or week. If you’d like to focus on personal character development with a larger community, see “Mussar” below the Torah study materials.

Torah Study Materials

Reading materials

Torah Portion Study Guides from Tony Robinson

The Creation Gospel Torah Portions: Devarim by Dr. Hollisa Alewine

Audio/Visual

The Parsha Experiment from the AlephBeta team on this week’s parsha.

Torah teachings (from the Torah cycle 5772) by L. Grant Luton

*NEW* Torah portion Ki Teitzei by R’ Daniel Kayes Thomson

Mussar (Personal Character Development)

This week, we will be focusing on the middah (virtue) of simcha, which can be translated as happiness or contentment. We are building on the last two weeks dealing with gratitude. This is the month of Elul, the month that offers us the opportunity to be refined and purified leading up to the High Holy days. It is a time of testing in order that we will know what is in our own hearts and who we really are. We are loved unconditionally by our Creator and Father, and that is cause for great joy and happiness.

Note: Fill out a 4×6 card; at the top write Simcha (Happiness/Contentment). Under the virtue, write out the suggested practices listed below. Put this card in a prominent place to help you walk out this virtue in your day to day life.

  • “But godliness with contentment is great gain,for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content.” 1 Timothy 6:6-8
  • Every morning, decide in your mind to be content and choose joy whatever may come that day.
  • Be careful with what you place in front of your eyes, and the things you listen to that may compromise your decision to be content.
  • Ask Hashem to show you His perspective, before reacting to someone or a situation.

You might also benefit from these teachings:

 

Blessings and Shalom for a good week,
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