Ki Tavo

The sedra Ki Tavo is known for the array of conditional curses which may befall the people if they do not listen...Deuteronomy 28, 15-65. These curses are also know as the "tochecha", the rebuke. As Rabbi Pinchas Peli points out, it reads today like an updated catalogue of events in the last 100 years. The sedra is also known for its reminder of the need of our ancestors to thank Hashem for enabling them and their forebears to have entered the land of Israel and for being able to cultivate the land. They expressed their thanks by bringing the first fruits to the Cohen. The closeness of Rosh Hashana reminds us to thank Hashem for all our blessings. Expressing gratitude to Hashem goes hand in hand with expressing gratitude to others, maintains Rabbi Aaron Hecht. He recalls the story of one of his teachers, who used to pause before entering his own house, in order to reflect on the efforts made by his wife to ensure the running of the household

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