Ki Tavo 5767 - August 31, 2007
Achieving Man 2.0
Woman 1.0 was a harsh and judgmental version, not at all user-friendly. Her name was Lilith, with a personality as inflexible as a dry bone. Adam dumped that one fast. So woman was upgraded. The problem is, Adam wasn't...
Do You Resent Being Told What To Do?
Our relationship with G-d is completely scripted. The tasks demanded by this relationship seemingly don't leave much room for improvisation, for impromptu and original outbursts of care and love.
What Happened on Your Birthday?
You existed before you were born, and you're not going to be doing anything useful for a while; so what, exactly, are we celebrating?
With 46 years of midwifery experience and over 30,000 babies under her belt, Mrs. Deevon is almost certainly the most prolific and senior midwife in all of Israel...
The Parshah in a Nutshell
Gratitude and tithes and rebuke. Moses lists the blessings the Jewish nation will receive if they follow G-d’s ways, and the bad things that will befall them if they stray.
The Case of the Basket
That “the rich get richer and the poor get poorer” is a fact already noted by the Talmud some 1,500 years ago. But what’s so great about being rich, anyway?
The Other Rock
What is the danger of going? Something may happen. What is the danger of not going? Well, nothing. Nothing will happen.
The Bigger Picture
Without collective achievement, we cannot achieve individual fulfillment.
Crossing the Border
The sages of the Talmud disagree on the point in Jewish history at which time the obligation to bring bikkurim (“first fruits”) came into effect. The Rebbe sees their debate as a lesson on the nature, uses and hindrances of knowledge and consciousness.
The Evolution of Evil
The 98 curses of the "Rebuke" prompt the question: Does G-d really "punish" us for our misdeeds, like a parent at his wits' end as to what to do with a troublemaking child? Or is there some deeper current that moves beneath the tides of pain and suffering that sweep our world?
Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the field. Blessed shall be the fruit of your womb, and the fruit of your earth, and the fruit of your beasts; the offspring increase of your cattle, and the young of your sheep. Blessed shall be your basket and your store. Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out
People believe that only fools are optimists. But the opposite is true.
Precisely because we understand how desperate the situation really is, how helpless we are and how impossible the challenge, that itself tells us how great a G‑d we have—a G‑d who can lift us high beyond the natural order and transform the most...