Parsha Ki Tavo: Read Torah w/Shmuel

Ki Tavo (Deuteronomy) 26:1 — 29:8

1st Aliyah: Ki Tavo (Deuteronomy) 26:1 – 11

1It will be when you enter the Land that HaShem, your G-d, gives you as an inheritance, and you possess it, and dwell in it, 2that you shall take of the first of every fruit of the ground that you bring in from the Land that HaShem, your G-d, gives you, and you shall put it in a basket and go to the place that HaShem, your G-d, will choose, to make His Name rest there.

3You shall come to whomever will be the Kohen in those days, and you shall say to him, “I declare today to HaShem, your G-d, that I have come to the Land that HaShem swore to our fathers to give to us.” 4The Kohen shall take the basket from your hand, and lay it before the Altar of HaShem, your G-d.

5Then you shall call out and say before HaShem, your G-d, “An Aramean tried to destroy my father. He descended to Mitzrayim and sojourned there, few in number, and there he became a nation — great, strong, and numerous. 6The Mitzrayim mistreated us and afflicted us, and placed hard work upon us. 7Then we cried out to HaShem, the G-d of our father’s, and HaShem heard our voice and saw our affliction, our travail, and our oppression. 8HaShem took us out of Mitzrayim with a strong hand and an outstretched arm, with great awesomeness, and with signs and wonders. 9He brought us to this place, and He gave us this Land, a Land flowing with milk and honey. 10And now, behold! I have brought the first fruit of the ground that You have given me, O HaShem!” And you shall lay it before HaShem, your G-d, and you shall prostrate yourself before HaShem, your G-d.

11You shall rejoice with all the goodness that HaShem, your G-d, has given you and your household — you and the Levi and the stranger who is in your midst.

2nd Aliyah: Ki Tavo (Deuteronomy) 26:12 – 15

12When you have finished tithing every tithe of your produce in the third year, the year of the tithe, you shall give to the Levi’im, to the strangers, to the orphans, and to the widow, and they shall eat in the cities and be satisfied. 13Then you shall say before HaShem, your G-d, “I have removed the holy things from the house, and I have also given it to the Levi’im, to the strangers, to the orphans, and to the widow, according to all the commandment that You commanded me; 14I have not transgressed any of you commandments, and I have not forgotten. I have not eaten of it in my intense mourning, I did not consume it in a state of contamination, and I did not give of it for the needs of the dead; I have hearkened to the voice of HaShem, my G-d, I have acted according to everything You commanded me. 15Gaze down from Your holy abode, from the heavens, and bless your people Yisra’el, and the ground that You gave us, as You swore to the fathers, a Land flowing with milk and honey.”

3rd Aliyah: Ki Tavo (Deuteronomy) 26:16 – 19

16This day, HaShem your G-d, commands you to perform these decrees and the statues, and you shall observe and perform them with all your heart and with all your soul. 17You have distinguished HaShem today to be a G-d for you, and to walk in His ways, and to observe His decrees, His commandments, and His statues, and to hearken to His voice. 18And HaShem has distinguished you today to be for Him a treasured people, as He spoke to you, and to observe all his commandments, 19and to make you supreme over all the nations that He made, for praise, for renown, and for splendor, and so that you will be a holy people to HaShem, your G-d, as He spoke.

4th Aliyah: Ki Tavo (Deuteronomy) 27:1 – 10

1Moshe and the elders of Yisra’el commanded the people, saying, “Observe the entire commandment that I command you this day. 2It shall be on that day that you cross the Yarden to the Land that HaShem, your G-d, gives to you, you shall set up great stones and you shall coat them with plaster. 3You shall inscribe on them all the words of the Torah, when you cross over, so that you may enter the Land that HaShem, your G-d, gives you, a Land flowing with milk and honey, as HaShem, the G-d of your fathers, spoke about you. 4It shall be that when you cross the Yarden, you shall erect these stones, of which I command you today, on Mount Eval, and you shall coat them with plaster. 5There you shall build an Altar for HaShem, your G-d, an altar of stones; you shall not raise iron upon them. 6Of whole stones shall you build the Altar of HaShem, your G-d, and you shall bring upon it elevation-offerings to HaShem, your G-d. 7You shall slaughter peace-offerings and eat there, and you shall rejoice before HaShem, your G-d. 8You shall inscribe on the stones the words of the Torah, well clarified.”

9Moshe and the Kohanim, the Levi’im, spoke to all Yisra’el, saying, ” Be attentive and hear, O Yisra’el: This day you have become a people to HaShem, your G-d. 10You shall hearken to the voice of HaShem, your G-d, and you shall perform all His commandments and His decrees, which I command you today.”

5th Aliyah: Ki Tavo (Deuteronomy) 27:11 — 28:6

11Moshe commanded the people on that day, saying, 12“These shall stand to bless the people on Mount Gerizim, when you have crossed the Yarden: Shimon, Levi, Yehudah, Yisachar, Yosef, and Benyamin. 13And these shall stand for the curse on Mount Eval: R’uven, Gad, Asher, Zevu’lun, Dan, and Naftali. 14The Levi’im shall speak up and say to every man of Yisra’el, in a loud voice:

15‘Accursed is the man who will make a graven or molten image, an abomination of HaShem, a craftsman’s handiwork, and emplace it in secret. ‘And the entire people shall speak up and say, ‘Amen.’

16‘Accursed is one who degrades his father or mother.’ And the entire people shall say, ‘Amen.’

17‘Accursed is one who moves the boundary of his fellow.’ And the entire people shall say, ‘Amen.’

18‘Accursed is one who causes a blind person go astray on the road.’ And the entire people shall say, ‘Amen.’

19‘Accursed is one who perverts a judgment of a stranger, orphan, or widow.’ And the entire people shall say, ‘Amen.’

20‘Accursed is one who lies with the wife of his father, for he will have uncovered the robe of his father.’ And the entire people shall say, ‘Amen.’

21‘Accursed is one who lies with any animal.’ And the entire people shall say, ‘Amen.’

22‘Accursed is one who lies with his sister, the daughter of his father or the daughter of his mother.’ And the entire people shall, ‘Amen.’

23‘Accursed is one who lies with his mother-in-law.’ And the entire people shall say, ‘Amen.’

24‘Accursed is one who strikes his fellow stealthily.’ And the entire people shall say, ‘Amen.’

25‘Accursed is one who takes a bribe to kill a person of innocent blood.’ And the entire people shall say, ‘Amen.’

26‘Accursed is one who will not uphold the words of the Torah, to perform them.’ And the entire people shall say, ‘Amen.’

Chapter 28

1It shall be that if you hearken to the voice of HaShem, your G-d, to observe, to perform all of His commandments that I command you this day, then HaShem, your G-d, will make you supreme over all the nations of the earth. 2All these blessings will come upon you and overtake you, if you hearken to the voice of HaShem, your G-d:

3Blessed shall you be in the city and blessed shall you be in the field. 4Blessed shall be the fruit of your womb, and the fruit of your ground, and the fruit of your animals; the offspring of your cattle and the flocks of your sheep and goats. 5Blessed shall be your fruit basket and your kneading bowl. 6Blessed shall you be when you come in and blessed shall you be when you go out.

6th Aliyah: Ki Tavo (Deuteronomy) 28:7 – 69

7HaShem will cause your enemies who rise up against you to be struck down before you; on one road will they go out toward you and on seven roads will they flee before you. 8HaShem will command the blessing for you in your storehouses and your every undertaking; and He will bless you in the Land that HaShem, your G-d, gives to you. 9HaShem will confirm you for Himself as a holy people, as He swore to you — if you observe the commandments of HaShem, your G-d, and you go in His ways. 10Then all the peoples of the earth will see that the Name of HaShem is proclaimed over you, and they will revere you. 11HaShem shall give you bountiful goodness, in fruit of your womb and the fruit of your animals and the fruit of your ground, on the ground that HaShem swore to your fathers to give you. 12HaShem shall open for you His storehouse of goodness, the heavens, to provide rain for your Land in its time, and to bless all your handiwork; you shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow. 13HaShem shall place as a head and not as a tail; you shall be only above and you shall not be below — if you hearken to the commandments of HaShem, your G-d, that I command you today, to observe and perform; 14and you do not turn away from any of the words that I command you this day, right or left, to follow the gods of others, to worship them.

15But it will be that if you do not hearken to the voice of HaShem, your G-d, to observe, to perform all His commandments and all His decrees that I command you today, then all these curses will come upon you and overtake you:

16Accursed will you be in the city and accursed will you be in the field. 17Accursed will be your fruit basket and your kneading bowl. 18Accursed will be the fruit of your womb and the fruit of your ground, the offspring of your cattle and the flocks of your sheep and goats. 19Accursed will you be when you come in and accursed will you be when you go out. 20HaShem will send in your midst attrition, confusion, and worry, in your every undertaking that you will do, until you are destroyed, and until you quickly perish, because of the evil of your deeds, for having forsaken Me. 21HaShem will attach the plaque to you, until it consumes you from upon the ground to which you are coming, to possess it. 22HaShem will strike you with swelling lesions, with fever, with burning heat, with thirst, and with sword; and with wind blasts and with withering — and they will pursue you until you perish. 23Your heavens over your head will be copper and the land beneath you will be iron. 24HaShem will make the rain of your Land dust and dirt; from the heaven it will descend upon you until you are destroyed. 25HaShem will cause you to be struck down before your enemies; on one road you will go out against him, but on seven roads will you flee before him; and you will be a cause of terror to all the kingdoms of the earth. 26Your carcass will be food for every bird of the sky and animal of the earth, and nothing will frighten them. 27HaShem will strike you with boils of Mitzrayim, with hemorrhoids, with wet boils and dry boils, of which you cannot be cured. 28HaShem will strike you with madness and with blindness, and with confounding of the heart. 29You will grope at noontime as a blind man gropes in the darkness, but you will not succeed on your way; you will be only cheated and robbed all the days, and there will  no savior. 30You will betroth a woman, but another man will lie with her; you will build a house, but you will not dwell in it; you will plant a vineyard, but you will not redeem it. 31Your ox will be slaughtered before your eyes, but you will not eat from it; your donkey will be robbed from before you, but it will not return to you; your flocks will be given to your enemies, and you will have no savior. 32Your sons and daughters will be given to another people — and your eyes will see and pine in vain for them all day long, but your hand will be powerless. 33A nation unknown to you will devour the fruit of your ground and all your labor, and you will be only cheated and downtrodden all the days. 34You will go mad from the sight of your eyes that you will see. 35HaShem will strike you with a foul boil, on the knees and on the legs, that cannot be cured, from sole of your foot to your crown. 36HaShem will lead you and your king whom you will set up over yourself to a nation you never knew — neither you nor your fathers — and there you will work for the gods of others — of wood and stone. 37You will be a source of astonishment, a parable, and a conversation piece, among all the peoples where HaShem will lead you. 38You will take abundant seed out to the field, but you will harvest little, for the locust will devour it. 39You will plant vineyards and work them, but wine you will not drink and you will not gather in, for the worm will eat it. 40You will have olive trees throughout your boundaries, but you will not anoint yourself with oil, for your olives will drop. 41You will bear sons and daughters, but they will not be yours, for they will go into captivity. 42All your trees and the fruits of your ground, the chirping locust will impoverish. 43The strange who is among you will ascend above higher and higher, while you will descend lower and lower. 44He will lend to you, but you will not lend to him; he will be a head, and you will be a tail. 45All these curses will come upon you and pursue you and overtake you, until you are destroyed, because you will not have hearkened to the voice of HaShem, your G-d, to observe His commandments and decrees that he commanded you. 46They will be a sign and wonder, in you and your offspring, forever, 47because you did not serve HaShem, your G-d, with gladness and goodness of heart, when everything was abundant. 48So you will serve your enemies whom HaShem will send against you, in hunger and in thirst, in nakedness and without anything; he will put an iron yoke on your neck, until he destroys you. 49HaShem will carry against you a nation from afar, from the end of the earth, as an eagle will swoop, a nation whose language you will not understand, 50a brazen nation that will not be respectful to the old nor gracious to the young. 51It will devour the fruit of your animals and the fruit of your ground, until you are destroyed — it will not leave you grain, wine, or oil, offspring of your cattle or flocks of your sheep and goats — until it causes you to perish. 52It will besiege you in all your cities, until the collapse of your high and fortified walls in which you trusted throughout your Land, it will besiege you in all your cities, in all your Land, which HaShem, your G-d, has given you. — You will eat the fruit of your womb — the flesh of your sons and daughters, which HaShem, your G-d, had given you — in the siege and distress that your enemy will distress you. 54The man among you who is tender and very delicate will turn selfish against his brother and the wife of his bosom, against the remaining children that he has let survive, 55not to give even one of them of the flesh of his children that he will eat, not leaving anything for him, in the siege and distress that your enemy will distress you in all your cities. 56The tender and delicate woman among you, who had never tried to set the sole of her foot on the ground, because of delicacy and tenderness, will turn selfish against the husband of her bosom, and against her son and daughter, 57and against her afterbirth that emerges from between her legs, and against her children whom she will bear — for she will eat them in secret for lack of anything, in the siege and distress that your enemy will distress you in your cities. 58If you will not be careful to perform all the words of this Torah that are written in this Book, to fear this honored and awesome name: HaShem, your G-d, 59then HaShem will make extraordinary your blows and the blows of your offspring — great and faithful blows, and evil and faithful illnesses. 60He will bring back upon you all the sufferings of Mitzrayim, of which you were terrified, and they will cleave to you. 61Even any illness and any blow that is not written in this Book of the Torah, HaShem will bring upon you, until you are destroyed. 62You will be left few in number, instead of having been like the stars of heaven in abundance, for you will not have hearkened to the voice of HaShem, your G-d. 63And it will be that just as HaShem rejoiced over you to benefit you and multiply you, so HaShem will cause them to rejoice over you to make you perish and to destroy you; and you will be torn from upon the ground to which come to possess it. 64HaShem will scatter you among all the peoples, from the end of the earth to the end of the earth, and there you will work for gods of others, whom you did not know — you or your fathers — of wood and stone. 65And among those nations you will not be tranquil, there will be no rest for the sole of your foot; there HaShem will give you a trembling heart, longing of eyes, and suffering of soul. 66Your life will hang in the balance, and you will be frightened night and day, and you will not be sure of your livelihood. 67In the morning you will say, “Who can give back last night!” And in the evening you will say, “Who can give back this morning!” — for the fright of your heart that you will fear and the sight of your eyes that you will see. 68HaShem will return you to Mitzrayim in ships, on the way of which I said to you, “You shall never again see it!” And there you will offer yourselves for sale to your enemies as slaves and maidservants — but there will be no buyer!

69These are the words of the covenant that HaShem commanded Moshes to seal with the Children of Yisra’el in the land of Moav, besides the covenant that He sealed with them in Horev.

7th Aliyah: Ki Tavo (Deuteronomy) 29:1 – 8

1Moshe summoned all of Yisra’el and said to them, “You have seen everything that HaShem did before your eyes in the land of Mitzrayim, to Paroh and to all his servants and to all his land — 2the great trials that your eyes beheld, those great signs and wonders. 3But HaShem did not give you a heart to know, or eyes to see, or ears to hear until this day. 4I led you for forty years in this Wilderness, your garment did not wear out from on you, and you shoe did not wear out from on your foot. 5Bread you did not eat and wine or intoxicant you did not drink, so that you would know that I am HaShem, your G-d. 6Then you arrived at this place, and Sihon, king of Heshbon, and Og, king of Bashan, went out toward us to battle, and we smote them. 7We took their and gave it as an inheritance to the R’uven, the Gad, and to half the tribe of the Manasseh. 8You shall observe the words of this covenant and you shall perform them, so that you will succeed in all that you do.

Haftarat: Yeshayahu (Isaiah) 60:1 – 22

1Arise! Shine! For your light has arrived, and the glory of HaShem has shined upon you. 2For, behold! Darkness shall cover the earth, and dense cloud the kingdoms; but upon you shall shine HaShem, and His glory shall be seen upon you. 3Nations will go by your light, and kings by the brightness of your shine. 4Lift your eyes about you and see, all of them assemble, they come to you; your sons from afar shall come, and your daughters shall be nurtured alongside [royalty]. 5Then you shall see and be radiant, anxious and expansive shall be your heart, for the affluence of the west shall be turned over to you, and the wealth of nation shall come to you. 6An abundance of camels will envelope you, dromedaries of Midian and Ephah; all those of Sheba shall come, gold and frankincense shall they bear, and the praises of HaShem shall they proclaim. 7All the flocks of Kedar shall be gathered unto you, the rams of Nevai’ot shall minister to you; they shall be brought up with favor upon My Altar, and the house of My glory will I glorify. 8Who are these? Like a cloud they fly, like pigeons to their cote-windows! 9For unto Me shall the island-dwellers gather, and the ships of Tarshish [as] in earlier times, to bring your children from afar, their gold and silver with them for the sake of HaShem, your G-d, and for the Holy One of Yisra’el, for He has glorified you. 10Then the sons of strangers shall build up your city-walls and their kings shall minister to you; though I struck you in My indignation, in My favor have I been compassionate to you. 11And your gates shall be opened continuously, day and night, they shall not be closed, to bring to you the wealth of nations, and their kings under escort. 12For the nation and the kingdom that will not serve you shall be lost, and the nations utterly destroyed. 13The glory of the Levanon [forest] shall come to you — cypress, fir and box tree, together — to glorify the site of My Sanctuary, and the site of My footstool will I honor. 14They shall go unto you in bent submission, those children of your oppressors; and they shall prostrate themselves at the soles of your feet, all those who slandered you; and they shall call you “the City of HaShem, Zion, [the City of] the Holy One of Yisra’el.” 15In place of you having been forsaken and hated with no wayfarer, I shall establish you as an eternal pride, a joy for each succeeding generation. 16You shall nurse from the milk of the nations, from the breast of kings shall you nurse; then you shall know that I, HaShem, am you Savior and your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Yaakov. 17In place of the copper, I will bring gold; in place of the iron I will bring silver; and in place of the wood, copper; and in place of the stones, iron; I will set your appointed officials for peacefulness and your overlords for righteousness. 18No longer shall violence be heard in your land, [nor] plunder and breakage in your borders; but you shall call [G-d’s] salvation your [protective] walls, and [His] praise your gateways. 19You shall no longer have need of the sun for light of day, nor for brightness the moon to illuminate for you; rather HaShem shall be unto you an eternal light, and your G-d for your glory. 20Never again shall your sun set, nor shall your moon be withdrawn; for HaShem shall be unto you an eternal light, and ended shall be the days of your mourning. 21And your people they are all righteous; forever shall they inherit the Land; a branch of My planting, My handiwork, for Me to glory in. 22The smallest shall increase a thousandfold, and the least into a mighty nation; I am HaShem, in its time I will hasten it.

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