Our Special guest this week is Rabbi Aaron Alexander, the Associate Dean of the Ziegler School and Lecturer in Rabbinics and Jewish Law. Along with his academic teaching Rabbi Alexander gives an early morning class in Halakhah that is recorded for Jewish learners worldwide and posted to www.zieglerpodcasts.com. Aaron currently serves on the Committee for Jewish Law and Standards of the Conservative Movement. Rabbi Alexander has been published in the "Walking With..." series with a fresh article on the Jewish view of 'Singlehood' as well as an article on Shabbat (co-authored with Rabbi Sharon Brous), and he is also a frequent contributor to the Huffington Post, where he writes on matters of religion.
This Week's Torah Portion- Parashat Ki Titze (Deuteronomy 21:10-25:19)- features a vast number of laws and commandments, including inheritance laws; judicial procedures and penalties for adultery ,rape, and for husbands who falsely accuses their wives of infidelity; laws concerning credit and debt; rules on the treatment of escaped slaves; and Divorce laws. Overall, this week's portion contains 74 of the Torah's 613 commandments.