Sing barren one, you who have not given birth. Break into song. Enlarge the place of your tent, and stretch out the curtains of your habitations; do not hesitate; secure your tent pegs. Do not fear, for you will not be ashamed. Do not be confounded.
ki tetze “When you will go out to war”
Deuteronomy 21:10 – 25:19
Set in a pattern similar to stained glass windows, here are a number of laws. Starting in the left column from the top: the hanged man must be taken down before the sun sets – here the hanged man is in the position seen in the Tarot which itself was inspired by Kabbalistic thought; below this is the prohibition of favoritism of a husband to the children of a second wife; and below this adultery; and below this that a woman should not dress as a man, and the egg – offspring of a bird - should not be taken away in the mother’s presence. In the center column from the top: rules against forbidden sexual practices including sex with animals; rape where the woman cries out and can not be heard; mating with a captive of war who first must shave and be allowed to mourn. In the column on the right from the top: the custom of a woman humiliating a man for not performing the “leverite” marriage by spitting on him and holding his shoe in public; a woman proving her virginity after marriage; the improper action of a woman damaging the genitals of an attacker of her husband; the prohibition of a man wearing woman’s clothing and that an ox and an ass should not be yoked together to do work emphasizing a proper place for everything.