Parshas Ki Savo

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The admonition here in Parshas Ki Savo contains ninety eight curses, whereas the admonition in Parshas Bechukosai contains half that amount, forty nine curses.

The inner reason for this distinction lies in the fact that the curses of the admonition are not intended as mere punishments, but rather as “blessings in disguise,” which spiritually purge and refine a person, making him a fitting receptacle for even greater blessings from G-d.

The admonition of Parshas Bechukosai, which is read before Shavuos, is a spiritual preparation which enables a person to embrace the giving of the Torah anew, which occurs every Shavuos.

The admonition of our Parsha, which is read shortly beforeRosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, prepares us for the High Holidays.

This is the inner reason why there are more curses here in Parshas Ki Savo—for on Shavuos, when the Jewish people receive the Torah, they are on the level of tzadikim (righteous people). But on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, where the key emphasis is on man’s effort to return to G-d, we reach the level of ba’alei teshuvah (penitents). And since the ba’al teshuvah is so much higher than the tzadik, many more curses (“blessings in disguise”) are read in this Parsha so as to provide the greater spiritual preparation required to reach this sublime level.

(Based on Likutei Sichos vol. 2, pp. 392-3)

Some time ago Kol Menachem launched an online classroom for Jews on the go – ‘Torah in Ten’. The series provides weekly insightful conversations on the current Torah portion. The class includes interesting commentaries from renowned historical figures as well as modern views in addition to thought provoking and inspiring questions.

Announcing his new idea Rabbi Miller wrote: “In this go, go, go world we live in, it can be difficult to sit down and find time to study the weekly parsha. And when shabbos rolls around, we all wish we had studied more and could contribute to the conversation at the shabbos table. Not to mention our children, don’t we all wish we could provide them beautiful insights into the weekly parsha?”.

‘Torah in Ten’ is now available not only from a computer.  Asked by Jewish iPhone Community and many more iPhone users Kol Menachem kindly agreed to change the format of presentation so that weekly portion of  ‘Torah in Ten’ was available to be watched on iPhone’s/iPad’s screens.  Nu, now then, what kind of excuse will you come up with?

Torah in Ten will take place every Thursday,  for ten minutes.  Let’s sum up with Rebbe’s words: “Our task is solely to illuminate the world with the light of  Torah,  Judaism and Chassidus”.

Your weekly “Torah In Ten” videocast by Rabbi Chaim Miller – Parshas Ki Savo

.Shabbat Shalom.


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