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Torah portion Ki Tavo Deuteronomy 26:1 – 29:8       

“Ki Tavo” is Hebrew for “when you come” into the land…

Summary:  Moses ends his second discourse with promises of agricultural abundance, and how the people are to present a tithe of the harvest before the priest, including a public declaration.  The third and final discourse begins with Chapter 27.  Moses tells the people to write down the laws on plaster, put them on Mt Ebal (the cursed mountain), build an altar there, make sacrifices upon it, and follow all the laws.  If they do, they will receive YHVH’s blessing (rain, crops, fertility, etc.).  Moses lists a dozen categories of crimes for which people should be cursed, and the congregation affirms by saying “Amen.”   If the people do not follow the laws, then the penalties will be severe: illness, famine, destruction by a foreign army, and loss of the homeland.  Moses reminds the people of what YHVH did for us in Egypt, how he allowed us to defeat Og and Sihon (two foreign kings) and give their land to Reuben, Gad, and half the tribe of Manasseh.  Observe the words of the covenant and prosper.