כי תצא

This week’s parsha contains a panoply of laws, many of which are seemingly placed together in a bullet point-like list, which typifies much of the book of Dvarim (Deuteronomy).  One of the commandments in the parsha that has received the most attention from Jewish commentators over the millenia is called shilu’ach ha’ken – sending the mother bird away.  The commandment states (22:6-7) that if you come upon a nest, and desire the eggs, you must first shoo away the mother bird.  The commandment is interesting in and of itself, but the text calls more attention to it by ending the description by stating that the one who follows this commandment will have a long life (22:7), a fairly unusual promise for the following of any of the commandments in the Torah.  The Rashbam explains why this commandment exists in the first place, saying that it is derech eretz (proper etiquette), and ties it to the directive to not eat a kid in it’s mother’s milk (Shmot/Exodus 23:19), arguing that they are ultimately motivated by the same concern, avoiding “wickedness and gluttony [in the taking of] and slaughtering and cooking and eating a mother and her child together.”

Killing animals

Must be done while respecting

Familial ties

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