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Ki Tavo in a Nutshell

Ki Tavo in a Nutshell

Deuteronomy 26:1–29:8


Moses instructs the people of Israel: When you enter the land that G‑d is giving to you as your eternal heritage, and you settle it and cultivate it, bring the first-ripened fruits (bikkurim) of your orchard to the Holy Temple, and declare your gratitude for all that G‑d has done for you.

Our Parshah also includes the laws of the tithes given to the Levites and to the poor, and detailed instructions on how to proclaim the blessings and the curses on Mount Gerizim and Mount Eival—as discussed in the beginning of the Parshah of Re’eh. Moses reminds the people that they are G‑d’s chosen people, and that they, in turn, have chosen G‑d

The latter part of Ki Tavo consists of the Tochachah (“Rebuke”). After listing the blessings with which G‑d will reward the people when they follow the laws of the Torah, Moses gives a long, harsh account of the bad things—illness, famine, poverty and exile—that shall befall them if they abandon G‑d’s commandments.

Moses concludes by telling the people that only today, forty years after their birth as a people, have they attained “a heart to know, eyes to see and ears to hear.”

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Anonymous September 12, 2017

Amen! Thank you! Reply

Miguel September 9, 2017

In reading this portion, I always wonder why the cursings seem disproportionate to the blessings. And not only here, but in other parts of Torah too. What's the mindset here? Why over-emphasize the cursing? Reply

Anonymous Westport September 5, 2015

Free will requires knowledge and power. Reply

Anonymous September 2, 2014

These summaries are great! Thank you so much for posting them! Reply

Scott Cunningham Boca Raton, FL August 24, 2013

Ki Tavo like no other No where else in the Bible is there a study like Ki Tavo and if you study Kabbalah you know that we told G-d, "We want free will" and G-d is the manufacturer of this movie and we are the actors and directors. The Holy Zohar tell us that we all have the ability to change the unchangeable if it is ensconced within our consciousness to do so. This Torah reading of Ki Tavo instructs us to change the pronunciation of certain words thereby, by extension, change our destiny. The 98 curses are about cleansing as 98 has the numerical value of the Hebrew word tzach, which means "clean". In truth all curses are blessings in disguise. In Deuteronomy 27:9 in the Hebrew is a code, a sequence of the Holiest Name of G-d: Yud Hei Vav Hei connecting us to the month of Av and the 9th of Av a day that is a paradox, it's the most negative day of the year, yet it too is the most positive day of the year being that it will give birth to the Messiah. How cool is this this? Reply

Lester Rosenberg Cliffside Park, NJ via August 23, 2013

40 Years after birth as People The Birth of the Jewish People didn't occur until they left Egypt & roamed 40 Years in the dessert. What were they before? When did they become the chosen people? Reply

sidney rancho cucamonga, ca September 9, 2017
in response to Lester Rosenberg:

40 Years after birth as People The Jewish people were chosen before the foundation of the world. So he chose Abraham, and the blessing was to him and to his seed. (Bereshit chaps 12 and 15). Abraham was from Ur of Chaldea, of modern day Iraq. So HaShem took our father Abraham was of the 'common stock' of the populace, and separated him from all peoples. This was before the Torah was given and yet, HaShem says that Abraham obeyed him 'in all my commandments, statutes, and laws'...HaShem had to have orally transmitted certain commandments, statutes, and laws for Abraham to have obeyed them. Reply

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