Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Parshat Ki Tavo

This post is dedicated in loving memory of my grandfather who passed away yesterday. May the Torah learnt from this post be a source of merit for the soul of Avraham ben Levana and may G-d shelter his soul under the wings of the Shechina.
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This week's Torah portion contains the commandment of the bikurim, the first fruit offerings. The Torah commands each farmer to a portion of his first fruit harvest to the Temple as an offering to G-d. The Talmud explains that this obligation only takes effect once all of the Jewish People are settled in the Land of Israel (which took 14 years from the time the Israelites entered the Land of Israel under Joshua). The reason for this is that, since the first fruit offering is to be made in happiness and joy, this joy can only be felt once the entire nation is firmly entrenched and living on their own soil.
This concept means that we cannot be truly happy while others are still suffering or unsettled. The Jewish People are one complete entity and real happiness only comes once everybody is fulfilled. We cannot be selfish and only look out for ourselves- we can never rest as long as our brothers are in difficulty.
Today, most of the former inhabitants of Gush Katif are still living in tent cities arter being expelled over 2 years ago. We, the Jewish Nation, cannot keep silent as they are in distress- our collective happiness depends on it.

12 comments:

FLORIAN said...

And now I just read that some enlightened Jewish idiots decide that they may exchange the Temple Mount for "peace" with the Fakestinians. How nice! It doesn't get anymore insane than this.

Goat said...

My Prayers, my friend, what else could I say, may the Lord's peace be upon her.

Goat said...

Bar , email me, I want to help Israel anyway I can, I want to give you guest posting ability in the barnyard.

Lady-Light said...

I like your sidebar posters. My sentiments exactly. Per your request, I added you to my blogroll (looking forward to seeing me, on yours.)

Michael said...

Bar:
a good message from the parsha, and as you point out, still relevant today.

I am sorry to hear about your loss.

WomanHonorThyself said...

Bar...Hashmem yanatchem otach ...this is so so true.........The Jewish People are one complete entity and real happiness only comes once everybody is fulfilled. We cannot be selfish and only look out for ourselves- we can never rest as long as our brothers are in difficulty.

Robert Bayn said...

My condolences to you and your family.

Bar Kochba said...

Thx goat- I'll respond later.
Thx everyone and BTW Angel (otcha) - I'm a guy

I appreciate your condolences.

Brooke said...

My sympathies on the loss of your dear Grandfather, BK.

Joe Gringo said...

bk,

my condolences as well.

the 2007 Blog Awards should include high school bloggers.......you'd be at the top of the list! Great posts.

Yehudi01 said...

Bar, it's nice to read the blog of someone who shares the same opinion I do. I've added a link on my blog to you....I'd love to see mine on yours! L'shalom.

nanc said...

i never know what to say when a loved one of a friend or acquaintance passes. so i'll say what i tell my own children since they were small; "death is the greater portion of life - it is when we begin eternity and what could be better than that?"

sorry for your loss.