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  1. Ki Tavo text study - the practice of joy

    What does it mean to be commanded to be joyful? Rabbi Toba Spitzer unpacks this imperative from Parashat Ki Tavo.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/ki-tavo-and-practice-joy

    Posted on: 2016/11/17 - 5:47pm

  2. Consequences - DT Ki Tavo

    When it comes to parenting, I confess to being a slow learner. I should know by know that my almost-seven year old does not respond well, in general, to declarations of causality. Despite this general self-awareness, whether due to stubbornness on my part or just plain fatigue, I still find them tumbling out of my mouth.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/consequences

    Posted on: 2012/06/11 - 12:00am

  3. First Fruits - DT Ki Tavo

    This week’s parasha, Ki Tavo, includes within it a description of the intricate ritual the people were to engage in once settled in the Land of Israel. Moses commands them to place in a basket the first fruits of their harvest and to present them to the priests at the Temple. While doing so they are to recite a formula recalling they were slaves in Egypt, liberated by God, and given the land whose first fruits they now enjoy.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/first-fruits

    Posted on: 2017/09/01 - 10:12am

  4. Serving God in Gladness DT Eron Ki Tavo

    It’s hard to believe that in a few weeks we will be begin the fall holidays with the celebration of Rosh Ha-Shanah, the Jewish New Year. While we often think of this season as a time of solemn observance to be approached with awe and reverence, the High Holy Days are truly festive days, as well. On these holidays, we celebrate God’s presence in our lives and the opportunity that presence offers us to be better people. 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/serving-god-gladness

    Posted on: 2017/09/01 - 10:14am

  5. The Inner Witness DT Kligler Ki Tavo

    Arur makeh re’ehu ba’sateir – v’amar kol ha’am “Amen”

    אָר֕וּר מַכֵּ֥ה רֵעֵ֖הוּ בַּסָּ֑תֶר וְאָמַ֥ר כָּל־הָעָ֖ם אָמֵֽן׃

    Cursed be the one who strikes down their fellow in secret – and all the people shall say, “Amen.” (Deuteronomy 27:24)

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/inner-witness

    Posted on: 2017/09/01 - 10:20am