Ki Tetze: Chapter 21

"To confirm all manner of transactions; a man pulled off his shoe"


We read about the custom in old times concerning redeeming and exchanging, where a man pulled off his shoe and gave it to his neighbor; this alludes to a change of name, a change of place and a change of action. We are given the inner meaning of this custom. The Shechinah does not change when she is with God, nor does He change when with her. The meaning of the ritual of the shoe is linked to the meaning of levirate marriage as well.