Monday, September 17, 2007
Ki Tavo: Deuteronomy 26:1-29:8
Moses instructs the people of Israel: When you enter the land that G-d 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 G-d 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 Grizzim and Mount Ebal -- as discussed in the beginning of the Parshah of Re'ei. Moses reminds the people that they are G-d's chosen people, and that they, in turn, have chosen G-d.
The latter part of Ki Tavo consists of the Tochachah ("Rebuke"). After listing the blessings with which G-d 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 G-d's commandments.
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."
This is a week for hearing... We want G'd to hear that we are truly repentant, our friends to hear that we love them, our souls to hear that change is possible. And we will end the week by hearing the sound of the Shofar... What beautiful sounds...
I have not published much in the way of digital art... but I found an artist who seems to put her heart into her work. Dzeni is a tribe member down under, in Aukland, New Zealand. Thanks Dzeni, for bring beauty to our eyes as well!
For some basic information on the shofar... which we will talk about all week... check out these two links from Aish.com .