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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.

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.

Living between Mountains

I live in Los Gatos, California which is on the edge of the Santa Clara Valley.

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Jeanne and Thelma
Davar Acher By: 
Jennifer Clayman

Rabbi Aron's description of the two women she visited reminds me of two women in my own family: my grandmother Jeanne, and her sister, my great-aunt Thelma, z"l.

To Influence and To Be Shaped by Another’s Influence

Tolstoy begins Anna Karenina with the following two assertions: "Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way." Perhaps this explains why for every one bles

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Nightmares and Mitzvot
Davar Acher By: 
Andrew Busch

Zombies, vampires, and the like are getting attention of late. A book and movie present Abraham Lincoln fighting vampires. A cable show explores life after a zombie apocalypse.

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