Parashat Ki Tavo // “When You Enter the Land”

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How can we reveal these secrets?

The path to attaining righteousness

“Moreover all these curses shall come upon thee, and shall pursue thee, and overtake thee, till thou be destroyed; because thou hearkenedst not unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to keep his commandments and his statutes which he commanded thee: And they shall be upon thee for a sign and for a wonder, and upon thy seed for ever. Because thou servedst not the LORD thy God with joyfulness, and with gladness of heart” Deut. 28:45 – 47

  • The path to blessings is paved with joyous, good – hearted service to God. We can earn blessings by choosing to do good every day. It’s a choice that we are given, just as God Himself chooses to let the sun shine on earth every morning. We can only collect light and abundance through the right vessels. Additionally, we need to make an impact in both the physical and spiritual worlds. Even if we have wronged, we can always repair our ways. In fact, a plea of repent from those who have sinned most is answered immediately. “In the place where penitents stand, even the full – fledged righteous do not stand” (Babylonian Talmud, Tractate of Berakhot 34b).

In the land of Israel, the Jewish people come closer to the source of abundance and blessing

“And it shall be, when thou art come in unto the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance, and possessest it, and dwellest therein; That thou shalt take of the first of all the fruit of the earth, which thou shalt bring of thy land that the LORD thy God giveth thee, and shalt put it in a basket, and shalt go unto the place which the LORD thy God shall choose” Deut. 26:11

  • After a long and excruciating journey rife with challenges, the Israelites come closer than ever to the source of all blessings – the land of Israel, described as the land “flowing with milk and honey” (see Exodus 3:8). Moses fears that the Israelites will now forget the source of their blessings. When a person thinks they have everything, they stop valuing and remembering the origin of their fortunes. Moreover, they often prefer matter over spirit, become less sensitive to others, become addicted to pleasures, and distance themselves from the true source of their blessings – togetherness, kindness, and communal joy.

Pearls of Divine Wisdom: “When You Enter the Land”

  • The source of abundance is generosity and an unconditional devotion to spiritual purity and the common good.
  • Our duty is to spread light and joy through joint celebration and study. Likewise, we should expand our circles and allow more people to join in our share of abundance.
  • The way to earn blessings is by choosing to do good every day. It’s a choice we are given, just as the Creator Himself chooses to let the sun shine on earth every morning. 
  • The defining trait of a righteous person is their wisdom and depth – not the fleeting pleasures in which they indulge. Only when a person studies and demands justice can they revel in the divine presence.
  • Our final reward will be on par with our spiritual level. That is the reason we must constantly attempt to expand our spiritual capabilities, purify ourselves, and improve. It is the only way to attain righteousness and uncover the secrets of creation.

Moderation is using humility to make behavioral choices.