Ki savo

Crying when it matters

The pasuk (26:7) reports our crying out to HaShem during the slavery in Egypt. However, the pasuk does not say that HaShem heard our prayers, but rather ‘HaShem heard our voices.’

The Chofetz Chaim remarks from here that it is the ‘mere’ crying out in times of trouble/danger that…

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Physical reward?

Every time reward (and punishment) appears in the Torah, they are always stated in physical form. For example, if we are good then the Torah promises rain in its correct time, good crops, etc. Why does the Torah not speak about the real reward for keeping mitzvos; Olam Haba? The…

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Two extremes

Our sedra is one for those with ‘moodswings!’ It opens with the simcha-filled bikkurim; ‘and you shall rejoice at all the good that HaShem has given to you… (26;11),’ and the opening word of the sedra (‘vehaya’) means simcha [1]. Later on in the sedra, however, we have the curses…

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New - hot off the press!

The pasuk (26;16) says 'This day, HaShem your G-D is commanding you to perform these commandments...' Rashi comments on the use of the word 'this day' to be giving the message that each day it should be for us as if the mitzvahs were given today - they should be…

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A bit of thought

The opening mitzvah of the sedra is bikkurim, in which we bring our first fruits up to the beis hamikdash and at the same time read out our history about how HaShem took us out of Egypt and took us into Eretz Yisrael. There is an important message here to…

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Unbreakable Bonds

In this week's parsha, Ki Tavo, just before the Jewish people enter the land of Israel, Moshe tells us a long list of blessings that will come to us in the land of Israel if we follow the ways of His Torah, and G-d forbid, of curses that will come…

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