Torah Pearls #50 – Ki Tavo (Deuteronomy 26:1-29:8)

In this episode of The Original Torah PearlsKi Tavo (Deuteronomy 26:1-29:8), after revealing the identity of the “wandering Aramean,” we discuss the name commanded to be spoken seven times during the first fruits offering. A vivid picture is painted of the tribes standing on Mounts Ebal and Gerizim declaring the blessings and the curses across the bowl-shaped valley. But why are the curses so complicated and the blessings so simple?  Gordon lets us in on marginal notes that direct how some of the more graphic phrases in the Torah are to be read in public. He also proposes an explanation for the statistically insignificant Jew becoming a byword among the nations. Could the exile and its miseries be as much of a sign as the miraculous ingathering? And while our heavenly Father many times commands the whole hearts and souls of his people, to what one cause does he pledge his?

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21 thoughts on “Torah Pearls #50 – Ki Tavo (Deuteronomy 26:1-29:8)

  1. I have a question for you, according to you, which First Fruit offering is Deuteronomy 26:2 talking about? When was it offered? Is it speaking about the firstfruits offerings of barley and wheat?

  2. Who join themselves to Yeshovah, not allah, for these are my house of prayer for all nations, nations who joing themselves to Yeshovah and His Covenant.

  3. How big would the stone altar have to be to support the writing of the full Torah on its plastered sides in ink? How much space does it take to write out the Torah? How big est. would the stone altar be if they did an archaeological dig?

  4. Nehemia, you say the sanctified grain becomes holy when water is added, does that have any connection to baptism? When a person makes a commitment and the action of washing in water? Maybe I am reading to much into it. I love these sessions because they make me think where when I used to read them it made no sense. Thank you all three.

  5. 26:1-11 Please explain if I’m reading this wrong but to me it reads like this is a one time deal and not yearly; something to be done whenever you have opened a new field, orchard or vineyard.

  6. Wow yet another incredible portion! Nehemia my husband and I have Loved you since we 1st heard of you and when we finally got to meet you we knew it was an answer to prayer. Ever since we learned the truth of One God and came out of the common idol worship of the United States we cryed out very often “so what is Your name?” YeHoVaH was soo gracious (Chen), to us to send you to our neighborhood to tell us face to face! It has been blessing after blessings ever since as we seek and listen and learn.
    My husband and I have made you, Jono and Kieth a part of our Shabbat celebration for 9 months now and can’t seem to get enough! So 1hr or 3hrs we are there:-) We give praise and much thanks to YeHoVaH for you guys and the program. However when Jono brought in Galations 3:10 in relation to Deuteronomy 28 to what sounded like praise to Paul for his writings referring to the written law(Torah), you lost us, because if one reads the whole story/chapter it appears that Paul is pointing out that no one is, as my translation puts it, justified by the written Torah by doing “them”, but “cj” save us goyim from the curse of that written law(Torah), and we Now share in the benefits from the covenant made with Avrham to receive the spirit? Come on now, Torah in this?

  7. At the time of a covenant renewal, adendums to the orginal agreement may be added; due to a new or different situation; as when the first of the laws were given while traveling; then when they enter the land additional laws were given for being in the land ready to live.

  8. This is a covenant renewal, and in the process, you mention some previous history that happened prior to this renewal to give continuity to the previous and current covenant. This also happened when Mirium passed, Aaron passed, Moses was to pass, he needs to name a successor; and their were new Israelites the children of the first generation who died in desert and he reiterates some of the history from past to link the covenant renewal in the current.

  9. Holy or Kedusha, is legal term ONLY Yehovah declare what is Holy/ that which is separated from the regular to be Yehovah’s property. This is a King’s legal ruling.

    The Temple Mount is not holy to Jews, Christians and Muslims – is Holy to HaShem!

    • Please read history, it is the place I will dwell, so yes it is holy, because if you entered it, you would die, the last barrier inside the temple.

  10. When they landed on the moon, they did not have the technology to broadcast the images in the quality they desired. This was very important because they wanted the peoples support for the space program(it was necessary to drain the middle class. They needed this emotional moment. So they hired Stanley Kubrik to stage the landing so they could get the TV images they wanted. However Neil Armstrong was truley there in person. The moon landing did happen.

  11. Prophet pearls and Torah pearls are both very informative and interesting. We are especially looking forward to Hebrew Matthew. Many thanks!

  12. Deuteronomy 26:14 reminds me of the “Day of the Dead” cultural observance, which I’ve read may be comparative to Halloween and All Saints Day.

    On another note, yes, bring on the Prophet Pearls!

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