• Daily Aliya for Ki Tavo, Revii (4th Aliya)

    Aliya Summary: The Jews are instructed to gather large stones when they cross the Jordan River. These stones were to be plastered, and the entire Torah was to be engraved upon them. Another set of stones was also to be inscribed with the entire Torah, and be set on Mt. Ebal.

    Moshe, the kohanim and Leviim, say to all the people, “on this very day you have become G-d’s nation”. Rashi says that the Torah emphasized “this very day” to teach us that our commitment to Torah and mitzvot should be as if we have entered into a covenant with G-d on this very day – everyday. We are challenged to refreshen our Judaism constantly.

  • Daily Aliya for Ki Tavo, Shlishi (3rd Aliya)

    Aliya Summary: Moshe admonishes the Jews to observe G‑d’s commandments; reminding them that they have selected Him to be their god, and He, in turn, has chosen them to be His holy and treasured nation.

    To follow in G-d’s footsteps means to develop and practice various traits that are attributed to G-d. As He is called merciful, so too shall we be merciful. As He is called holy, so too must we behave in ways that lead to our becoming holy. From general traits, we can also use specific examples – as G-d clothes the naked, visits the sick, buries the dead, comforts the grieving… so too must we do those kinds of things.


     

  • Daily Aliya for Ki Tavo Sheni (2nd Aliya)

    Aliya Summary: During Temple times, Jewish farmers were required to separate from their produce several different tithes. These were distributed to the priests, the Levites, the poor, and one tithe which was eaten by its owners in Jerusalem. The different tithes were not all given each year, rather there was a three-year cycle. In this Aliya, the Torah gives the procedure to be followed on the day before Passover during those years which followed the conclusion of a cycle. The farmer was to declare that he has performed all his tithing duties and then beseeches G‑d to bless His people and the Land.

    The Passuk says: “I have not transgressed Your mitzvot, and I have not forgotten…” Says the Sfat Emet – I have not forgotten that You are the One Who has commanded me to do the mitzvot. Furthermore, the statement implies that the individual did only that which he was required to do, and did not (often) go beyond the call of duty. Or perhaps we did a mitzva sort of like it is supposed to be done, but maybe without full intent (i.e. prayers). This is an important message as we approach Rosh HaShana, when we have to answer for what – and how – we do mitzvot.

  • Daily Aliya for Ki Tavo, Rishon (1st Aliya)

    General Overview: The Israelites are commanded to bring the first of their fruit to the Temple, and to deliver all tithes to their proper recipients. Moshe explains how the blessings and curses are to be proclaimed on Mts. Grizzim and Ebal when the Jewish nation enters into Israel. He then details the blessings they will receive for following the commandments of the Torah, and the calamities which will result from disregarding them.

    Aliya Summary: This Aliya introduces us to the mitzvah of bikurim, the requirement to bring one’s first fruits to the Holy Temple. This mitzvah applies to fruits and produce grown in the land of Israel, and only those for which the land of Israel is praised: wheat, barley, dates, figs, grapes, pomegranates and olives. When in the Temple, the owner of the fruits recites a brief thanksgiving prayer to G‑d and presents the produce to the priests.

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