I forget exactly what prompted this, but somehow, it became a family discussion question of sorts: what is your favorite verse in Torah?
I expected Dad would pick the famous “Tzedek, tzedek tirdof” (“Justice, justice shall you follow”) from Parshat Shoftim from the book of Deuteronomy:
Justice, justice shall you pursue, that you may thrive and occupy the land that the LORD your God is giving you.Deut. 16:20 (Parshat Shoftim). Deuteronomy 16:20 with Connections (sefaria.org)
But he actually picked a different verse on justice. The verse below comes from Parshat Kedoshim in Leviticus. We read a double parsha, Acharei Mot-Kedoshim this week for our weekly Torah portion.
You shall commit no injustice in judgment; you shall not favor a poor person or respect a great man; you shall judge your fellow with righteousness.Lev. 19:15 (Parshat Kedoshim) Acharei-Kedoshim Torah Reading – Parshah (chabad.org)
That one feels extremely relevant today.
Then there’s my brother. When asked the question, without hesitation, my brother immediately quoted this one from memory:
Deut 25:11 If men are fighting one another and the wife of one draws near to rescue her husband from the hand of the one striking him, and she reaches out and grabs hold of his private parts, 25:12 you shall cut off her hand. Show no pity.Deut 25:11-12 (Parshat Ki Teitzei). A Woman Who Seizes a Man’s Testicles During a Fight, Her Hand is Cut Off – TheTorah.com
My brother is a character. I have to give him points for creativity and humor.
In any case, I ask you the discussion question: What’s your favorite verse of Torah/Bible/Scripture?