Shabbat Ki Tavo (Deuteronomy 26:1 – 29:8)

Courtesy of Julie Seltzer and

In subtle support of the month of Elul in which we read this portion, Torah offers thoughts which allow for self-reflection, corrective action, and a return to our roots.

Moses gives instructions how the Israelites should mark our entrance to the Land, how offerings and tithes are meant to support not just the religious framework of society (the Levites) but also the disadvantaged. The tribes go up opposing mountains and listen to Moses recite blessings and curses, to which they respond “Amen!”. Finally, Moses underscores all the laws (from the last 3 portions at least) with the reminder of the miracles and wonders everyone had seen and experienced since Egypt, and a hint of what was to come in the new Land.

However, the inspiration for our theme this week comes from the very beginning. Ki Tavo begins this week with the words:

“When you enter the land that the Lord your God is giving you as a heritage, and you possess it and settle in it, you shall take some of every first fruit of the soil, which you harvest from the land that the Lord your God is giving you, put it in a basket and go to the place where the Lord your God will choose to establish His name.” (26:1-2)

SO… limited only by your creativity and the category of food assigned, please bring a “fruity” food.

Not sure what this Torah portion is about? You can find a brief summary in The Edible Torah’s “Condensed Guide to the Weekly Torah Readings”. For more information on what The Edible Torah is all about, along with insight on how to set up a pot-luck Shabbat experience, check out “The Edible Torah”.

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