Teaching For Shabbat of September 5th, 2020
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Ki Tavo (כִּי-תָבוֹא) — Hebrew for “when you enter,” the second and third words, and the first distinctive words, in the parashah) is the 50th weekly Torah portion (פָּרָשָׁה, parashah) in the annual Jewish cycle of Torah reading and the seventh in the Book of Deuteronomy. It covers Deuteronomy 26:10–29:8
Learn the amazing lesson of how the mitvah of bringing the first fruits offering to the temple and the principle of tithing were all to teach the importance of practicing God’s character of selfless giving!
Moses instructs the people of Israel: When you enter the land that God 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 God 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 God’s chosen people, and that they, in turn, have chosen God.
The latter part of Ki Tavo consists of the Tochachah (“Rebuke”). After listing the blessings with which God 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 God’s commandments. We find a common theme amongst the sins that bring a loss of blessing (curses) in our lives in that they are things that we think no one knows about… in other words they are a list of secret sins.
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.”
Torah for your Children…
For a simple cartoon summary of the Torah parashah for your children we recommend the following video below created by G-dcast:
This week’s haftorah is the sixth of a series of seven “Haftarot of Consolation.” These seven haftarot commence on the Shabbat following Tisha b’Av and continue until Rosh Hashanah.
In glowing terms the prophet recounts descriptions of what will unfold during the Redemption. Beginning with the resurrection of the dead and the ingathering of the exiles, continuing with the joy and abundance the Jewish people will then experience, as well as the gifts that will be brought to God from all of the nations of the world.
Finally, the Jewish nation will no longer be despised and derided, there will no longer be violence nor mourning, and God will shine His everlasting light on His people.
“For the mountains may move and the hills might collapse, but My kindness shall not depart from you, neither shall the covenant of My peace collapse.”
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Torah Parashah teaching with video and audio and illustrations by Rabbi Isaac. © 2021 Assembly of Called-Out Believers. Use by Permission.