Facing life's challenges with gratitude and joy

The Holy Temple, Rosh Hashanah, and the chance to replant ourselves in the Garden of Eden.

Yitzchak Reuven ,

Sunrise over the Old City
Sunrise over the Old City
Josh Hasten

The Torah reading of Ki Tavo opens with a description of the bringing of the first fruit offerings to the Holy Temple, but the description of this ceremony and its inner meaning can equally be applied to standing before G-d on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

Even the long list of calamities and disasters which will befall Israel should she stray from G-d and His Torah, which takes up the second half of parashat Ki Tavo, can be understood on a personal level in the light of the upcoming Days of Awe, and how the decisions that we take on a daily basis bring us either closer to G-d, or, Heaven forfend, farther away.



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