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כּי תצא - "When You Go Out"

Weekly parashah #49: Ki Tetze

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Deuteronomy 21:10

"When you go out, to battle against your enemies, and the LORD your G-d delivers them into your hands and you take them away captive,

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The Hebrew Word

Ki (Strong's #3588) is a primitive particle indicating causal relations (X caused Y to happen). It is used 1,235 times in 1,115 verses in the Tanakh.

Tetze comes from yatza (Strong's #3318) is also a primitive root which means "to go" or "to go out". It is used 1,214 times in 990 verses in the Tanakh.

The sense of the Hebrew phrase ki tavo is "when you cause [the people of Israel] to go out...".


First use in Scripture

The first time ki is used in Scripture is in Genesis 2:3.

Genesis 2:3

Then G-d blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which G-d had created and made.


The first time yatza is used in Scripture is in Genesis 1:12.

Genesis 1:12

The earth brought [lit: caused to go] forth vegetation, plants yielding seed after their kind, and trees bearing fruit with seed in them, after their kind; and G-d saw that it was good.


Last use in Scripture

The last time ki is used in Scripture is in Malachi 3:8.

Malachi 3:8

"Will a man rob God? Yet you are robbing Me! But you say, 'How have we robbed You?' In tithes and offerings.

This verse literally reads "you have caused me to be robbed...".


The last time yatza is used in Scripture is in Malachi 4:2.

Malachi 4:2

"But for you who fear My name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings; and you will go forth and skip about like calves from the stall.


Parashah Outline

  • Domestic Relations - Deuteronomy 21:10
  • Sundry Laws - Deuteronomy 22:1
  • Laws on Morality - Deuteronomy 22:13
  • People Excluded From the Assembly - Deuteronomy 23:1
  • Law of Divorce - Deuteronomy 24:1
  • Sundry Laws - Deuteronomy 24:6

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