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Ki Tavo – Rishon
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After the Jews settle the land, the first fruits of their crops are to be placed in a basket and brought to the Temple. The kohein takes the basket, waves it and places it before the altar. The owner then recites the following declaration: “My ancestor (Yaakov) was a wanderer from Aram (or he was […]
Ki Tavo – Sheini
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In the third and sixth years of the Sabbatical cycle, one would bring the special tithe for the poor in addition to the regular tithe for the Leviim. Tithes would have to be removed before Passover of the fourth and seventh years. On the final day of Passover, the owner would make a declaration that […]
Ki Tavo – Shlishi
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Moshe ends his second discourse by urging the people to keep the laws that God has given them. They made a commitment to God to do so and He has promised that if they do, He will elevate them above other nations. If the Jews keep their end of the bargain, they will be a […]
Ki Tavo – R’vi’i
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Moshe and the elders commanded the Jews to erect twelve huge stones after they cross the Jordan River into the land of Israel. They were to plaster these stones and write the words of the Torah on them. (There is a difference of opinion as to what part or parts specifically were to be written. […]
Ki Tavo – Chamishi
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As we mentioned at the beginning of parshas Re’eh, when the Jews entered the land, they were to deliver blessings and curses on Mount Grizim and Mount Eival, respectively. Six Tribes were assigned to each mountain. (For this purpose, Levi was counted as one of the 12, while Ephraim and Menashe were considered a single […]
Ki Tavo – Shishi
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If enemies attack, God will quickly put them to flight. They’ll come as a unified force, but flee in all directions. The grain will be blessed, as will all the Jews’ endeavors. They’ll be secure in their land. The world will recognize Israel as God’s nation and defer to them. God will grant them all […]
Ki Tavo – Sh’vi’i
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Moshe gathered the nation to deliver his final speech. He told them that they personally saw what God did to Pharaoh and the Egyptians, but they didn’t fully get it. Now they’ve spent forty years in the wilderness with miraculous sources of food and clothes so that they could get to know God better. They […]
Ki Tavo- Haftarah
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Several years ago, I gave a speech in an Orthodox synagogue (whom I would have expected to be most likely to take Scriptural promises seriously) in which I asked my listeners to imagine a time when Jerusalem would be so central to the world’s economy that non-Jews would volunteer gifts to the city. To accommodate […]
Elul 5768: Island of Refuge
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In this shiur, Mrs. Shira Smiles examines three different acronyms used to describe the month of Elul. In this class, Mrs. Smiles focuses on the verse, “Ina Le’yado, V’Samti Lecha”. Mrs. Smiles explains how Elul is the place we run to when we realize how inadequate our service of Hashem has become. Through ELul, Hahem […]