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Category: Ki Tavo

What’s Wrong with “Doing it For the Money?”

by Rabbi Haggai Resnikoff Posted on September 7, 2016

Does every mitzvah contain an implied tefillah for bracha and hatzlacha? Should it be that way? Parashat Ki Tavo with the brachot and the tochecha is a classic place to ask this question because if we take those things seriously, why do we do mitzvot? Because we’re afraid of punishment and we want reward? The Continue Reading »

Anti-Zionism As A Cover for Anti-Semitism

by Rabbi Avi Weiss Posted on May 25, 2016

Three covenants (brit) are mentioned in the Torah, the covenant of the pieces (Genesis 15), the covenant of Sinai (Exodus 19), and the covenant of our portion, which was made just prior to our entry into Israel (Deuteronomy 29). Truth be told, they each contribute to the making of the nation of Israel. The covenant Continue Reading »

Mixed Blessings?

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on September 2, 2015

In the middle of the extended section on the calamities and curses that will befall the Israelites if they fail to observe the mitzvot, we find a curious set of verses: Because you served not the Lord your God with joyfulness, and with gladness of heart, for the abundance of all things; therefore shall you serve your enemies Continue Reading »

Keeping the Relationship Alive

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on September 7, 2012

How do we keep a relationship alive?  It starts with not taking the other person for granted, with regularly appreciating what that other person gives to you, what he or she means to you. We must also give expression to them through our words and through our actions, so that these feelings become real for the Continue Reading »

To Declare and To Confess

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on September 16, 2011

Ki Tavo opens with two rituals: the bringing of the first fruit, the bikkurim, where one declares his gratitude for God’s goodness, and the dispensing of the tithes at the end of three years where one states that he has dispensed these tithes according to the law. Both of these rituals consist of the bringing Continue Reading »