Moral Revolution or Complex Application?
Parashat Ki Teitztei

Ethan Tucker

When we encounter a law in the Torah that seems at odds with the intuitively right way to behave, how do we proceed? Under what sort of mindset are the tools of the oral tradition deployed in order to arrive at new, perhaps unprecedented conclusions? Using the laws of the rebellious son, ben sorer u-moreh, as a model, we argue that we have a basic choice between two models: moral revolution or complex application.

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