Ki Tavo – In the Land

R’ Eli Munk wrote that it was “on this day” that Moshe finished interpreting the Torah and adding the last mitzvoth.  He chose this day to urge the people of Israel to remain committed to the observance of G-d’s law.  Rashi interpreted “this day” as meaning that Moshe wanted us to always think of the Torah as being fresh and exciting, as if it had been given today.  Moshe urged the Jews to observe the mitzvoth with “all your heart and with all your soul”. Then he said “you have distinguished G-d today to be a G-d for you to walk in his ways and observe his decrees” and to hear his voice”. In the next verse, Moshe said “and G-d has distinguished you to be for him a treasured people to observe all His commandments”.  Rashi interpreted this as meaning that the people have differentiated G-d from false gods to be their G-d and He has distinguished the Jews from other nations.  The currency of this relationship is the acceptance and observance of the mitzvoth.


Ibn Ezra interpreted the relationship as the Jews glorifying G-d and G-d glorifying the Jews, but again the currency is the observance of the mitzvoth.


It seems quite remarkable that the media make an almost daily attempt to portray Israel in a bad light. On a regular basis only the most scandalous news is reported. In addition, the scrutiny of the IDF appears to be persistently hypercritical. There is a recurrent dismissal of the Israeli perspective as false and misleading. Perhaps the best way to maintain confidence is to have faith from the observance of mitzvoth as part of daily life. This is the message of this week’s  parasha.  




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