Parashat Ki Tavo

(When You Enter In)

Deuteronomy 26:1 - 29:8

Isaiah 60:1 - 60:22

In this Torah portion, Moses instructs the Israelites regarding the first fruit offering. Moses then lists the blessings the people will enjoy if they keep the commandments, and the punishments they will suffer for disobeying them.

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Sharing What We Have

Ki Tavo: A resource for families.

Transitions and Israel

As a people, wherever the Jews are, we have a remarkable and noble mission.

Parashat Ki Tavo Quiz

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First Fruits

There are many things we can do to create local culture that links God, land, and people.

Blessings from Strangers

Reaching out to interfaith families.

A Covenant of Action

Judaism emphasizes deed, not creed.

The Order of Disorder

A word and its opposite may be one and the same.

Ritual Reinforcement

Through rituals, blessings, and warnings the Children of Israel strengthen their connections to history, land, and God.

The Worst Curse Is To Lose All Control

Among the curses for those who break the covenant is the inability to provide for themselves.

Parashat Ki Tavo: Summary

Moses instructs the Israelites regarding the first fruit offering; Moses then lists the blessings for keeping the commandments and the punishments for disobeying them.

Discovering The Relationship Between Curses And Blessings

By viewing the troubles and joys of our lives as part of a continuum we can uncover blessings even in the most challenging curses.

Private Feelings, Public Consequences

The activities for which people are cursed by God directly are those committed in secret; Moshe therefore attempts to help the Children of Israel cultivate their inner consciences.

Twice Warned

The two extended warnings for breaking the covenant reflect the changing relationship between the people of Israel and God as well as the two different exiles.

It’s The Joy, Not The Oy

Our religious and spiritual experiences of serving God should be joyful and uplifting.

History And Memory

The ritual of the first fruits provides an example of the tension surrounding forgetting and remembering crises and miracles in our history.

Zionism And First Fruits

The speech that farmers recited when bringing their first fruits to the Temple forms a central part of the Passover retelling of the Exodus and articulates the Zionist message.

Love Is Not The Opposite Of Hate; Law Is

Law is essential to Judaism, establishing an external set of moral guidelines.