In Loving Memory of our Dear Parents

Benjamin Assa & Rebeca Assa z"L

Parasha Ki Tavo

This parasha is considered the harshest of all parashiot, since it contains the Kelalot (curses) which Hashem sentenced Am Israel to, in case they would disobey His Laws. But the beautiful and precious Berachot (blessings) which Hashem will send if we fulfill His Will, are also mentioned.

The parasha begins speaking about the Mitzva of bringing the first fruits (Bikurim) to the Beit Hamikdash, specifically the 7 fruits which grow in Eretz Israel. Every Israelite farmer who cultivated one of these fruits, should choose the first of the season and bring it to Yerushalayim to offer it in the Beit Hamikdash. Every farmer, with his basket of fruits, would approach the Kohen and say a tefilla thanking Hashem for his harvest.

 

Moshe teaches the Mitzva of Maaser (Tithe): the deadlines, forms and conditions when giving the maaser.

Moshe then orders the leaders of The People to build 12 large stones in which they would write the entire Torah, after crossing the Jordan to enter the Promised Land.

This is where, very clearly and directly the terrible curses and the precious blessings ,are expressed! 

The Parasha continues by Moshe saying “Hashem has not given you a heart to know, eyes to see and ears to hear, until this very day” ... 40 years after we were born as A people.

The Parasha concludes by saying:

with the words Moshe said to the People, reminding them about the great miracles Hashem had performed for them: “....Keep the words of this covenant and do them, so that you may prosper in all that you do.”

SHABAT SHALOM !!


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