Like the old song goes, "Thank G-d for every flower and each tree; thank G-d for all the mountains and the seas; thank G-d for giving life to you and me; wherever you may be, thank G-d." Like the Temple pilgrim's basket that holds his first fruits, thankfulness and acknowledgement of the Creator is the vessel that holds every blessing this world has to offer. In this week's edition of Temple Talk for the Torah portion of Ki Tavo, Yitzchak Reuven and Rabbi Richman explore the many lessons expressed by the commandment to bring the first fruits up to the Holy Temple. From the first fruits of the first man to the final showdown with rotten-to-the-core Amalek, Ki Tavo is bringing it all back home – you come , too…
WEEKLY TORAH PORTION: KI TAVO: The commandment of bikkurim – bringing the first fruits to the Holy Temple, opens Ki Tavo. It is basically the final commandment of Torah and the first commandment to be performed upon entering the land. Coming upon the heels of the commandment to remember Amalek by blotting out his memory, bringing the first fruits is the ultimate expression of acknowledgment of G-d’s presence and thusly the most perfect vehicle for obliterating Amalek’s dark message of G-dlessness in the world.
ELUL: THS KING IS IN THE FIELD: A GUIDE TO THE MONTH OF ELUL: The month of Elul, last month of the Hebrew calendar year, is an
auspicious time for repentance, prayer and introspection. These are special days of Divine good will and mercy, and the very essence of
these days bespeak the basic human need for closeness with the Holy One, blessed be He... and His immediate and unequivocal response. To see the complete article: