A question: what are the most important laws?
Our weekly portion of Ki Teitzei in Deuteronomy obligates us to ask this question, for it is filled with an array of laws and ordinances affecting every aspect of life, 72 in all. They range from rules limiting unorthodox ritual practice to rules limiting conduct in wartime, from personal morality to behavior in society. Family laws are established concerning marriage, inheritance, and divorce. Tort laws on damages are instituted, providing moral and financial responsibility for property owners. Laws of kindness decree human decency in every area of life.
Lots and lots of laws, laws, laws, some obscure, some famous. In short, Ki Teitzei is a bit dry. There is a reason lawbooks never make the New York Times bestseller list… And much of the legislation is outdated, while other sections are completely irrelevant.