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Posted: Thursday, August 30, 2018 7:57 am

Parshat Ki Tavo, Deuteronomy 26:1–29:8

In this week’s parshat, Ki Tavo, the Torah details the consequences of our actions when we disobey God. There are more than 50 verses of rebuke/tocheicha that describe the awful things we will bring upon ourselves if we don’t choose wisely, if we don’t “choose life.” And in the middle of all these admonitions and curses the text says, “v’hayitta meshuga mi-mareh einekha asher tireh,” — “you will be driven mad by what your eyes behold.” It is not hard for us to recognize this feeling the Torah describes — that we live in a world gone crazy. When we contemplate the fact that in our own country children were torn from the arms of their parents, we wonder how it’s possible that we have so lost our way.

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