Parashat Ki Tetzei
Below is a condensed summary of AIPAC's Synagogue Initiative Sermon Tidbits for Ki Tetzei. The complete version of Tidbits is two pages long and a quick reading of the summary below should indicate if this Tidbit interests you.
Heeding the Warning Signs - The description of the rebellious son teaches us to heed the warning signs of future trouble. With this lesson in mind, we have no choice but to take Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at his word as he continues to promote the destruction of the state of Israel.
Bond of Brotherhood - From a textual implication we understand the critical importance of shared suffering and supporting our brothers. As America looks back at the past 10 years and the tragedy that we, as a nation, suffered on September 11, we also ponder the future, taking solace in the fact that the United States and Israel will always support each other like brothers.
A Tale of Two Egypts - The Torah reminds us of the historic relationship between the Israelites and the ancient Egyptians, a people who both assisted and enslaved the Jews. The Jewish people have also had a complex relationship with modern Egypt, a nation that was once committed to the destruction of the Jewish state, and at other times one of Israel’s greatest partners in peace. Now, following the fall of the Mubarak regime, the next chapter of this complex relationship is unknown.