Shabbat Shalom!

Torah Portion:  Ki Teitzei (When you go out)

Torah Reading:  Deuteronomy 21:10-25:19

Prophetic Reading:  Isaiah 54:1-10

“Man and Woman: Uniquely Different”

When HaShem created man (mankind) the Torah says that He created them male and female. In other words, mankind is comprised of two unique creations, men and women. The intent of the Biblical text is to emphasize that there are differences between men and women and these differences should be maintained in society. One does not have to look very far to see that society, especially during the last few generations, has blurred the distinctions between the two genders. In this week’s Torah portion there is a reminder that G-d does indeed command men and women to be uniquely different.

There shall not be a vessel of a male upon woman, and a man shall not put on a woman’s dress (garment); for it is an abomination of the L-rd your G-d, all who do these (things).

Deuteronomy 22:5

I translated this verse in the most literal manner. The reader should notice that the vast majority of the translations read very differently. The King James Version captures how most render the text,

“The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the L-RD thy G-d.”

The problem with such translations is that they fail to pay attention to what is actually said. The KJV states in regard to the woman that she should not wear that which pertains to a man; when in reality the verb “to wear” does not appear in the first half of the verse. The intent of the Hebrew text is that there shall not be a male instrument “on” or “concerning” a woman. The message is not so much clothing, but Hebrew implies a much wider range of objects. Hence, the Torah’s choice of this word informs the reader that instruments or tools that a man uses to work, shall not be used by a woman. The implication is that there are some professions and activities that are not appropriate for a female to do.

It is in the second half of the verse that the verb “to put on” or “to dress” appears. It is in this section that the admonition is clearly against men putting on a garment that is feminine. Clothing in the time of Moses as it is today, says a great deal about the person. If one dresses in a way that is contrary to how G-d created one to be, it is an act of rebellion. Such rebellion is seen and described in this verse in the strongest manner, for HaShem calls it an abomination.

Of course there is an overlapping in many things in regard to males and females; however the distinctions between the sexes must be maintained and this also includes different roles. These roles should be well-defined especially at home and in the congregation of the Messiah. If believers fail in this matter, then we fail to be the sanctified example that we were saved to be. I realize most choose to ignore the Scriptural stated differences for leadership and behavior for the administration of the local house of G-d. Perhaps this is why the same problems and failures that plague our society are also present within the family of G-d.

As radio the personality Steve Brown says, you think about this…

4 thoughts on “Shabbat Shalom!”

  1. Todah always for your commentary ! Shabbat Shalom to your family 🕯🕯🎶📖🙏🥖🍷♥️🙏🇮🇱!

  2. Thank you very much Doctor Baruck Korman, for your teaching. Honestly I have been involved in the Christian church since 2009 to 2015 but I knew that something did not me happy eventhough my goal was to know about Jesus our savier. After that time a friend of mine talked me about the Hashem, Yeshua, Ruaj Hakodesh . I left the church and I still here with this small group of people about 15, that the leader was first Christian for 15 or 20 years.
    So, many times while I was in my home or working or any place, I thought, I dreamed and some times I said to Hasmen to allow me to know a jew person people that belive in Yeshua and be a teacher. So one day I was watching YouTube and I saw Sonia Waters and David Diamond introducing Doctor Baruck Korman. When I heard him to talk I Kew that He is the person that I was watting for my learnig. Very honest son of Hashem who always talk according to the scriptures. Thank you very much and Hashem bless him, his family, his ministry and of course his team work.
    I share to my friend all the videos.
    I belive everything that he teaches.
    Please I would like that you make a video how to celebrate shabbat in home. I know there are many videos on YouTube but I would like to do know it according to the scriptures.
    Thank very much

    Luis Aguirre

  3. Mayim (Lynne Brower)

    Shabbat Shalom! I am wondering where to find the rest of the article for “Shabbat Shalom”, men and women. It just ended with “…”

    1. Hello Mayim! That was the ending. “you think about this…”. Baruch is using Mr. Brown’s expression to encourage us to think about the things mentioned in the Torah Portion.

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