Ki Tetze (when you go out to war)

Deuteronomy 21:10 When you go out to war against your enemies and יהוה your Elohim has delivered them into your hands and you have taken them captive, 11 If you see among the captives a beautiful woman and have a desire for her, that you want her to be your אשֶׁת wife; 12 Then you can bring her home to your house; and she must shave את־ her head and trim את־ her nails; 13 And she must take את־ the garments of her captivity off and remain in your house and mourn את־ her father וְאת־ and her mother for a full month: and after that you can go in to her and be her husband and she will be your wife. 14 But if you lose interest in her, then you must let her go where she wants to go; but you must not sell her for money, you must not treat her like a slave, because you have humbled her. 15 If a man has two wives, הָאחַת the one loved and the other hated and they both bear him children and if the firstborn son is from the woman who is hated: 16 Then when it comes time for him to pass his inheritance to את־ his sons את which he has may not be given to the firstborn את־ son of the loved wife before the firstborn son of the hated wife: 17 But את־ the firstborn son of the hated wife, he will acknowledge by giving him a double portion of all that he has: because he is the firstfruits of his manhood; the right of the firstborn is his. C-MATS

Question: How does יהוה have compassion on the hated wife? When יהוה sees the plight of the neglected wife, He will give her the first offspring, just as Leah had children before her more favored sister Rachel. יהוה supports the brokenhearted. Chumash

Question: What is a double portion? The firstborn son takes a share equal to that of two brothers together. If a man with four sons divided up his inheritance, he divided the inheritance into five equal shares, giving two shares to the firstborn and one share to each of the other three sons. Chumash

Question: Could the privileges of the first born be taken away from him? These privileges could normally be forfeited only by committing a serious offence (After Israel lived in that land, Reuben went and laid with אֶת־ Bilhah his father’s concubine: and Israel heard about it. Genesis 35:22; Unstable as water, you will not excel (your superiority will end); because you went up to your father’s bed; then you defiled it. Genesis 49:4) or by sale of the birthright (Esau sold אֶת־ his birthright to Jacob. Then Jacob gave Esau bread and lentil pottage; and he ate and drank and rose up and went his way: so despised Esau his אֶת־ birthright. Genesis. 25:33-34). C-MATS

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