Erev Shabbos Kodesh Ki Savo Inspiration 5776

In this week’s parasha, Ki Savo, we find a very interesting pattern when the Torah discusses the bringing of Bikkurim, one’s first harvested fruits. The Torah describes numerous actions that one performs in the offering of Bikkurim. It shall be when you enter the Land that HaShem, your G-d, gives you as an inheritance, and you possess it, that you shall take of the first of every fruit of the ground that you bring in from your Land that Hashem, your G-d, gives you, and you shall put it in a basket etc. Why does the Torah emphasize every step of the process of bringing Bikkurim?

The answer to this question is that the theme of Bikkurim is הכרת הטוב, expressing gratitude for everything that HaShem bestows upon us. When we demonstrate our gratitude to HaShem, we must not just offer a sweeping thank you and move on. Rather, as we say in the Haggadah Shel Pesach, we begin with our disgrace and progress to praise. This process teaches us that we must be grateful to HaShem for every aspect of His wondrous gifts. One who sees with his eyes is not merely grateful that he can see. Rather, he is grateful for all the numerous components of the eye that allow one to see with perfect vision. The same is true for every part of the body and for every faculty that HaShem  gives us. Gratitude is not limited to the results, but to the details along the way. Every morning we enumerate or praise of HaShem by thanking Him for granting us wisdom, distinction from the nations, setting us on the right path, allowing us to walk upright, opening our eyes, etc. When we have this sense of gratitude, we can even look at the horrific curses mentioned in this week’s parasha with a new perspective. We can began to see how even tragedy and catastrophe is really for our good. HaShem should allow us to merit what the Gemara (Megillah 31b) states regarding the reading of Ki Savo before Rosh HaShanah תכלה שנה וקללותיה תחל שנה וברכותיה, let this year and its curses end, and let the new year and its blessings begin.


Rabbi Adler

Erev Shabbos Kodesh Inspiration Ki Savo 5776
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