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Ki Seitzei: What's Love Got to Do With It?


This week’s Parsha discusses the laws of inheritance for a man who has married more than one wife. The psukim read as follows, “If a man has two wives, one loved, the other hated, and both the loved and the unloved bear him sons but the firstborn is the son of the unloved wife, then when he wills his property to his sons, he must not give the rights of the firstborn to the son of the beloved wife in preference to his actual firstborn, the son of the unloved wife. He must recognize [the legal rights of] the firstborn of his unloved wife so as to give him a double share of all he has, for he is the first of his father's strength. The birthright is legally his” (Devarim 21:15-17).