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Ki Tavo Why the Curses& Blessings

Updated: Sep 6, 2023


In our Torah portion, we find the "curses and blessings". Each curse is associated with a specific action that goes against G-d's command. On the other hand, there are many blessings when we fulfill G-d’s will. In these verses, also many Noahide laws are expressed.

  • Idol worship: Condemning the creation and worship of idols or images. Such actions are considered an abomination as they stray from the belief in one G-d.


  • Not to steal: Moving a neighbor's landmark would unjustly change property boundaries. It relates to the prohibition of stealing land. The prohibition against stealing land applies to all individuals. This prohibition is even more severe in the land of Israel where stealing land from Jews is subject to harsh punishment according to Torah law. The land of Israel holds a special place as the Promised Land, given by G-d to the Israelites. This land is a divine inheritance and a sacred place.


  • Establishing courts of justice. Avoiding distorting justice and fair judgment for vulnerable individuals.


In each case, the curse is directed at actions that undermine the principles of justice that are integral to a moral and just society.


  • Adultery: Engaging in incestuous relationships, specifically lying with one's father's wife.


  • Engaging in bestiality, lying with animals.


  • Committing incest with sisters, from the mother's side.


These acts represent various forms of sexual misconduct, highlighting the importance of maintaining healthy and appropriate relationships within families and communities.


Only by following the 7 Noahide laws can ensure the path of righteousness and the significance of living in accordance with G-d's laws and making vessels to accept the blessings of Hashem. Following the Noahide Code is all about opening ourselves up to blessings. Just as a vessel must be clean and well-prepared to hold precious liquid, this way we attract blessings into our lives. This way, we can harness the infinite impact of the Noahide laws to shape a brighter future for humanity and bring about redemption.


 

Rabbi Moshe Bernstein is a writer and a Community Rabbi in Netanya, Israel. He believes in making connections between the Jewish People and the Noahides worldwide in order to share and enhance the knowledge of the Torah's Universal Code for Humanity and fulfill Isaiah's Prophecy 11:9 " And the world will be filled with the knowledge of G-d as the waters cover the oceans". Rabbi Moshe Bernstein is the author of the book Light Onto the Nations: A Guide to the Seven Noahide Laws.









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