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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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September 2, 2014
These summaries are great! Thank you so much for posting them!
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?
Scott Cunningham
Boca Raton, FL
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?
Lester Rosenberg
Cliffside Park, NJ
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