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Ki Savo: Tapping the Forces of the Spiritual World

The destiny of the Jewish people In this moving address, Moshe Rabbeinu once again defines the path of the Jewish people. “If you will listen to the ways of the Torah, all the blessings will come to you…” The Targum defines “if you will listen,” as “if you will accept,” meaning, if you accept the word of HASHEM to guard his mitzvos and do them, then everything else will follow. You will blessed in the…






Ki Savo: The Mitzvah to be Happy

The destiny of the Jews At the end of a long prophecy of what will befall us if we don’t follow the ways of HASHEM, the Torah seems to lay the blame on one issue: because you did not serve HASHEM, your G-d, amid gladness and goodness of heart when everything was abundant. It seems the pivotal point of these two extremes is based on simcha.– Implying that serving HASHEM with happiness is critical to…






Ki Savo: Using Visualizations

Rashi is troubled by Moshe’s use of the word today, implying that HASHEM first commanded the Jews to do the mitzvahs that day when in reality, HASHEM gave the Jewish people the mitzvahs almost 40 years earlier. Rashi answers this question by explaining that Moshe was telling them that, “Every day, in your eyes, it should be as if you were commanded in them today.” In other words, there should be an excitement with which…






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