Ki Tavo

Deuteronomy 26:1 – 29:8.

Deuteronomy 26 begins the fiftieth reading from the Torah with the words, “Then it shall be, when you enter the land which the LORD your God gives you as an inheritance” (26:1). In Hebrew, the words for “when you enter” are ki tavo. This Torah portion begins with laws regarding first fruits and tithes. It goes on to discuss covenant renewal, after which Moses recites the blessings guaranteed to Israel for covenant obedience and warns of the curses for apostasy.

A few weeks ago we explored the concept of “Great Doubt.” Genpo Roshi says that the “direct path” to ‘enlightenment’ is to doubt everything. As we know, as way seekers and now, truth seekers is that everything arises with it’s polar opposite…….This week’s portion presents 98 curses.

““Certainty” is a term you will hear used over and over again in the Kabbalah Centre. To have certainty is to know that everything we experience is for the greater good, for our ultimate benefit. The gifts we are given in life, we are given to enjoy and share with others. The challenges are to teach us, to make us stronger, and to bring us closer to the Light. Was “good” not there, in both these mountains? With certainty, we can reach a very beautiful conclusion that the greatest blessing of all is the ability to see everything as a blessing.

“The greatest blessing of all is the ability to see everything as a blessing.”

We are only two weeks away from Rosh Hashanah, and it is no coincidence that there is a palpable energy in the universe right now that can help us to see God’s hand in everything. What a beautiful gift we are given in these days. Let’s take advantage of this time by looking at the situations in our life that seem dark – they could be challenges we are currently facing, or situations from our past (our childhood, perhaps) – and see the inspiration of a divine force, a bigger plan. Let’s ask: Where is the Light in this? What am I meant to do? Did I learn from it? Did I, or can I still, grow stronger from it? If it is pain another has inflicted upon us, maybe the question is: How can I draw boundaries to not allow this to happen again? Or, am I doing this to someone else in another way? “(KAREN BERG).


The commandment for the king to write a copy of the Torah demonstrates the work of Messiah. He Himself is the Word made flesh. He is the copy of the Torah in human form. Furthermore, He writes a copy of the Torah as He writes the Torah upon our hearts. The Torah of King Messiah is written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone, but on tablets of human hearts (2 Corinthians 3:3). Section is found in Deuteronomy 16:18 – 21:0.

And Down The Stretch We COme!

Today….right now… is the new moon of the month of Elul. It is the start of what is called the 40 days of Teshuvah.

I was 22 years of age when I was introduced to God. I was at one of my lowest points in my life; Confused, Lost, Feeling Hopeless and Helpless.

Someone took me aside and took me outside on a beautiful November day in New York. It was warm for November, the sun was shining and the last leaves on the trees were ready to fall. This person asked me if I “believed” in God. I said I was not sure. I told him I wanted to but I had no clue. He pointed out to me how everything around us was in perfect harmony and for a brief moment I saw it! It was a fleeting moment but I saw it and I felt it and I knew it. I saw the creative intelligence behind everything…….even my suffering.

Well…..since that time, I have been on a journey seeking this creative intelligence for answers and for direction. It has certainly been a roller coaster ride and a lot of the time I seemed to live in the world of forgetfulness.

Today, I am turning back. Today, I am re-turning to this “Force of Creativity.” The King is in the Field……..


The reading is found in Deuteronomy 11:26 – 16:17. You shall not hesitate to give, nor murmur when you do give; because you shall know who is the good repayer of the hire. You shall not turn away from him that is in want, but you shall share all things with your brother, and shall not say that they are your own; for if you are partakers in that which is immortal, how much more in things which are mortal? (Didache 4:7-8)

Re’eh means to see. This portion is about vision. What is “real vision?”