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Why the Past Isn’t Enough: The Need for a New Covenant

Relationships—even sacred relationships—are not static. Even the most profound covenants and commitments  sometimes need to be renewed or reestablished. But Parashat Ki Tavo asks, is this true even of our relationship with God? 

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A Message of Hope in the First Fruits
Davar Acher By: 
Rabbi Karen R. Perolman

As the summer comes to an end, our Torah reading cycle mirrors the sense of longing for more time while simultaneously preparing for what is to come. In Parashat Ki Tavo, Moses continues his last speech before the Israelites, instructing them in the laws of the bikurim, the “first fruits” (Deut. 26:1-11). 

Everything Old Can Be New Again

A few weeks ago, in studying Parashat R'eih, I noted that the Torah gives us a great gift of joy—a command to celebrate with one's entire household—tucked into a long passage replete with

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How We Can Create Blessings
Davar Acher By: 
Steven W. Engel

Within the Torah portion Ki Tavo there is a list of blessings and then curses that may fall upon one depending on her or his actions. According to the Torah these are given out by God.

The Reality Check

I know some people who could benefit from a reality check.

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Reading Sacred Texts That Fail
Davar Acher By: 
Lisa Goldstein

Parashat Ki Tavo begins with promises of rewards and moves to possible punishments.

Ain't No Room

In this week's parashah, Ki Tavo, we read: "You shall go to the priest and say to him, 'I acknowledge this day before Adonai your God that I have entered the land that Go

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Dust or Angels? Humility or Pride?
Davar Acher By: 
Betsy Dolgin Katz

And God has affirmed this day that you are, as God promised you, Adonai's treasured people who shall observe all God's commandments; and that God will set you, in fame and renown and glory

The Fugitive Aramean and You

". . . My father was a fugitive Aramean. He went down to Egypt with meager numbers and sojourned there; but there he became a great and very populous nation" (Deuteronomy 26:5).

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(Mis)reading the Bible forRealpolitik
Davar Acher By: 
Edwin C. Goldberg

Rabbi Blake writes of two radically different ways to understand the biblical declaration Arami oveid avi.

To Delight in Life

This week's Torah portion presents a seemingly endless litany of blessings and curses.

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Separate but Not Equal: Blessings and Curses in Ki Tavo
Davar Acher By: 
Elliot Kukla

This week’s portion is hard to love. It contains a long list of the painful ways we will be cursed if we do not follow God’s commandments.

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