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September 5, 2012, 10:47 am
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Ci Tavo בס”ד

This parsha is most appropriate before Rosh Hashanah. Our parsha begins discussing the offering of the First fruits of the soil as a thanksgiving offering. By this offering we affirm that YHV”H is our God, and that we walk in his ways. Then the parsha warns all Yisreal of the curse we inherit if we neglect to fulfill what the Torah asks of us or if we do what it has forbidden to us. Also we are informed of the blessings we will have if if we do what is asked of us in the torah. It becomes clear its either one or the other. The Magid of Koznitz teaches that from doubt one can come to confusion of thoughts this is the main curse as because of this one may cannot achieve cleaving to GOD.1 One must be a master of spiritual war against confusion of thoughts.2 The ways of GOD are not as our own so many times one may not see the blessings or these curses but be sure enough in God’s way, according to his Timing they will come.

There are eleven ingredients of the incense, the eleven goat wool coverings of the Tabernacle, and the eleven curses of our parsha. Holy life force can not enter the ten evil sefirot, for the holy does not mix with the profane. Rather, it hovers above them and enlivens them from afar. Therefore their number is eleven.

Of the eleven curses . The first, “ be he who makes a graven or molten image,” corresponds to the evil known as Arich Anpin of kelipah.

All” is the “Sadeek” (righteous one) the yesod, it unites Z”A and Nukavah, namely, the ו”ה of the Name Yhv”h, which equals 11

Joseph saw 11 stars in his dream which foretold the future. Joseph was the eleventh son of the patriarch Jacob, and he died at the age of 110, remove the zero and you have 11.

. Over the words “for us and our children“(in parsha Nitzavim) there are 11 dots. In the Book of Daniel, Chapter 7, the prophet speaks of a vision of “horns” which symbolize the various regimes that we will encounter in our exile. The last and smallest of these horns will be the 11th. After this 11th “horn” the messianic period will be ushered in. 

The Torah is a covenant, contract and set forth here are part of its terms. So let us realize by reading the curses, that which has already come upon us, and also remember what GOD did to Pharoe and all his country. The Ramchal teaches the curses in our parsha are contained in 53 verses, corresponding to the 53 parsha of the Torah itself. Alluding to the fact one can lose everything eternal. 53 is the numerical value of ”gan” referring to Gan Aden (Garden of Eden). These curses allude to the judgment of the World to Come. The first curses (in parsha Bichucoty) are concerning judgments in this world, they are in 32 verses.3 In the world to come one has alot more to lose.

Remember and understand what is written in our parsha ” You have seen all that the Yhv”h did before your eyes in the land of Egypt to Pharaoh, and to all his servants, and to all his land. The great trials which your eyes have seen, the signs, and those great miracles. Yet the Lord has not given you a heart to perceive, and eyes to see, and ears to hear, until this day. (29:1-3) This alludes to the fact that we do not have knowledge of spiritual awareness readily accessible to our human form. For if we did we would never think of transgressing. It is for this reason that so many waste their lives not involving themselves at all with the work of their soul for which purpose they were created. If our perceptions were not as they are there would be no free will. One must always force themselves to think, meditate so as to attain awareness of GOD and their true Divine nature. That we are the people who GOD took through the desert 40 years and our shoes and clothing did not wear out. He provided us Manna from heaven and a miraculous well of water that followed us where ever we went. Then we will be faithful to GOD and the terms of this covenant. Concerning the blessings of the Torah the Zohar teaches us David woke at midnight and praised the GOD until the name ascended upon it’s throne at the hour when the light of the day appeared. If you work to establish the Holy name all the blessings of heaven will abide with you.4 Aretz Yisrael receives flow of blessing from the supernal land, the Spiritual realms. If we do the spiritual things GOD asks of us we will be sure to see the Torah’s blessings.5

In our parsha Verse 15  begins a general description of the dire consequences if we don’t keep the “mitzvoth” (commandment) including: disease, pestilence, heat, drought, sterility, defeat, death, blindness, madness, and dismay. Verse 30 begins to describe these punishments in even more horrible detail, and the descriptions continue to the end of the chapter. On account of these curses, this chapter is called the “Tochachah” (Warning).” Some have custom that the “Tochacha” is read quietly, without the usual chanting.

If we look at the Torah chronologically where its 53 parsha correspond to years the world will exist and we are told the world as we know it will only exist till the Biblical year 6000 and we are now in 5776 (2015) we find that  ci Tavo corresponds to 1840-1940 at this time period some settlements were founded in the Holy Land, for the purpose of observing the mitzvot applicable to the land. These mitzvot can only be kept in the land of Israel and the early settlers wanted to renew the observance of these commandments. (Unfortunately, our nation did not withstand the test, and pretty soon, new kibbutzim were organized by completely irreligious Jews who did not keep any commandments, and later founded the secular State of Israel.)

This week’s parsha, Ki Savo, according the chronology of the  Torah spoken of above,  corresponds to the time period of the  Holocaust. This parsha lists the worst curses in the Torah and is indeed testimony to the worst period in late Jewish history. Here the  Torah warns what would happen when Jews turn from the ways of God and run after the ways of the nations and it was accurate to its last bitter detail.

Towards the middle of the Parsha, the Torah describes eleven curses for those who do not keep the commandments. The curses end with the words: “Cursed is the man that will not uphold the words of this Torah”. The entire second half of the Parsha is devoted to the terrible curses that will befall our nation if we don’t observe the commandments. This portion of the Torah is read quietly – for these are the sad words of rebuke.

Speaking from historic perspective, it is well known that the majority of the Jewish people abandoned the observance of the commandments during this century. By the time of World War II, most of our nation did not keep the mitzvot. The fast momentum at which the Jewish people were going astray was astonishing. Then the punishments started befalling us. On the saddest day of our year – the Ninth of Av, World War I started. The Russian revolution, pogroms in Ukraine, an unstable economy in Europe and the Great Depression in US were just prelude to the worst punishments still to come – with the outbreak of World War II at the end of the century. Which dealt a terrible punishment to the Jewish nation.

It was decreed from on High that European Jewry could no longer be the bedrock of the Jewish nation it was uprooted including its very foundation. Not only did all those who ran from Judaism die just because they were Jewish-  kiddush Hashem, but nearly all the Torah giants, their students and communities were gathered to the Creator. Every single Jew who survived Hitler’s, may his name be blotted out, quest for world dominion was hand picked by God to be the new foundation, the new building blocks of the new Jewish Nation..If you are alive today you have been hand-picked to save the Jewish people. So lets do  spiritual things GOD asks of us we will be sure to see the Torah’s blessings.Then all the people of the earth will see that GOD’s name is called upon us. In the merits of all the Ba’alai Tshuva the world over may we soon see the coming of the Mashiach and the building of the 3rd and final Temple, speedily in our day. Amen, kain yehe ratsone.

1. 1Avodat Yisrael p.1

1. 2Avodat Yisrael p. 10

1. 3Tikunim Chadashim-Ramcha’l p.101

1. 4Zohar Bichukoty p113a

1. 5Shoshon Sodot


  Her Throne is blemished by the sins of the Jews, because from there are the souls of the Jews. Because of this, of merit is the person who corrects Her Throne through his prayer and through his “mitzvot”. Since they are from there, the throne is blemished on their account. And the Name יהוה goes away from there because He doesn’t dwell in a blemished place. As it is written, “Any man that has a blemish shall not come close” (Lev. 21:21). So to, where there are blemished souls He does not dwell. (Tikuny Zohar)

Jews were found to be at higher risk of myocardial infractions than Gentiles.

The incidence of coronary heart disease (CHD) was found greater among Jews than Catholics.




Ashkenazi Jews have a lifetime CRC (cancer) risk of 9–15%. This elevated CRC risk is similar to that of individuals in the “familial risk” category, and differs strikingly from the 5-6% CRC risk for non-Ashkenazi members of general Western populations.


Ashkenazi Jews may have one of the highest lifetime CRC risks of any ethnic group in the world, a risk that diverges significantly from that of the general population



In general, for American Jews, show excesses in mortality, noted for both sexes, are esophagus, stomach, colon, pancreas, lymphomas, and leukemia and, in females, the lung and the ovary from the general population. http://cancerres.aacrjournals.org/content/35/11_Part_2/3507.short


Research has found Ashkenazi Jews are two-to-three times more likely to develop colorectal cancer than are members of the general population.http://coloncancer.about.com/od/ethnicityandsocialstatus/a/AshkenJewsAndCC.htm

The Torah speaks of “reward and punishment” on a number of occasions. The blessings and curses are strikingly comprehensive, they leave no aspect of human life and experience unaddressed. Physical health and sustenance, emotional well-being and stability, spiritual satisfaction and fulfillment and every other possible blessing that inspires our earthly existence with worth and meaning, are all presented as the natural outcome of serving God in sincerity. And sickness and poverty, anxiety and fear, alienation and depression and all of the other myriad demons that haunt humanity and crush it with their oppressiveness, are even more prominently highlighted as the inevitable consequences of abandoning God and abrogating His commands.

Here’s an interesting statistic. Bnei Brak,Israel’s most religious city, also has the highest average life expectancy: 81.1 years for women and 77.4 years for men.

What makes that finding even more curious is that Bnei Brak also happens to be Israel’s poorest city, thus confounding the normal correlation between poverty and poor health.




Certainly heightened health consciousness cannot explain the longevity of Bnei Brak residents. Many men still smoke, and a quick glance around the city is sufficient to establish that news of the benefits of exercise and a low-fat diet has not yet reached most of Bnei Brak’s inhabitants.




A growing body of scientific evidence suggests the key to the longevity of Bnei Brak residents may well be their religiosity. Fully three-quarters of the 300 studies to date of the relationship between religious belief and health demonstrate a positive correlation. Various studies have shown that religious belief and regular attendance at religious services are associated with reduced doctors visits, a lower incidence of certain forms of cancer and heart disease, and decreased post-operative mortality and quicker rates of recovery.








Orthodox Jews have lower mortality

rates from cardiovascular problems,

cancer, and all other causes than

nonpracticing, secular Jews.




Belonging to a Jewish orthodox religious community and living the orthodox Jewish lifestyle was found associated with a strong protective health effect not attributable to confounding by sociodemographic factors.






The Low Incidence of Cervical Cancer

in Jewish Women: Has the Puzzle

Finally Been Solved?


The low occurrence of cervical cancer in Jewish women has been variously attributed to traditional habits, to different risk factors, or to genetic factors that provide some degree of resistance or immunity.


Traditional habits
Jews around the world practice two distinct traditional habits: the ritual circumcision of males 8 days after birth, and the prohibition by the family purity laws (Niddah) against sexual intercourse both during menses and 7 days after its complete cessation.








Orthodox jews have a lower incidence of malignant melanoma








Several studies in the Jewish population of Israel have pointed to a protective association between religious orthodoxy and coronary heart disease. http://ajph.aphapublications.org/cgi/reprint/86/3/341.pdf




Jewish Orthodox religiosity associated with reduced risk for coronary heart disease.








Those living in Israel have the 8th highest life expectancy in the whole world.





The Torah is a covenant, contract and set forth in parsha Ci Tabo are part of its terms. So let us realize by reading the curses, that which has already come upon us, and also remember what GOD did to Pharoe and all his country. The Ramchal teaches the 97 curses in parsha Ci Tabo are contained in 53 verses, corresponding to the 53 parsha of the Torah itself. Alluding to the fact one can lose everything eternal. 53 is the numerical value of ”gan” (garden) referring to Gan Aden (Garden of Eden). These curses allude to the judgment of the World to Come. The first curses (in parsha Bichucoty) are concerning judgments in this world, they are in 32 verses.3 In the world to come one has alot more to lose.




The section of curses in Vayikra (in parsha Bichucoty) may not be broken up when reading in public. They must all be read by one person.




The Gemarah in M’gillah 31b teaches:

Said Abaye, “For the curses in D’varim a break may be made in when reading……” 

It is written :

YHVH will not be willing to pardon him, but then the anger of the YHVH and His jealousy shall be kindled against that man, and all the curse that is written in this book shall lie upon him, and YHVH shall blot out his name from under heaven; and YHVH shall separate him unto evil out of all the tribes of Israel, according to all the curses of the covenant that is written in this book of the law.






The God is not kidding !




* Already in the 4th and 5th centuries synagogues were burned by Christians.Number of Jews slain unknown.


* In the middle of the fourth century the first synagogue was destroyed on command of bishop Innocentius of Dertona in Northern Italy. The first synagogue known to have been burned down was near the river Euphrat, on command of the bishop of Kallinikon in the year 388. [DA450]


* 694 17. Council of Toledo: Jews were enslaved, their property confiscated, and their children forcibly baptized. [DA454]


* 1010 The Bishop of Limoges (France) had the cities’ Jews, who would not convert to Christianity, expelled or killed. [DA453]


* 1096 First Crusade: Thousands of Jews slaughtered, maybe 12.000 total. Places: Worms 5/18/1096, Mainz 5/27/1096 (1100 persons), Cologne, Neuss, Altenahr, Wevelinghoven, Xanten, Moers, Dortmund, Kerpen, Trier, Metz, Regensburg, Prag and others (All locations Germany except Metz/France, Prag/Czech) [EJ]


* 1147 Second Crusade: Several hundred Jews were slain in Ham, Sully, Carentan, and Rameru (all locations in France). [WW57]


* 1189/90 Third Crusade: English Jewish communities sacked. [DO40]


* 1235, Fulda/Germany: 34 Jewish men and women slain. [DO41]


* 1257, 1267: Jewish communities of London, Canterbury, Northampton, Lincoln, Cambridge, and others exterminated. [DO41]


* 1290 Bohemia (Poland) allegedly 10,000 Jews killed. [DO41]


* 1337 Starting in Deggendorf/Germany a Jew-killing craze reaches 51 towns in Bavaria, Austria, Poland. [DO41]


* 1348 All Jews of Basel/Switzerland and Strasbourg/France (two thousand) burned. [DO41]


* 1349 In more than 350 towns in Germany all Jews murdered, mostly burned alive (in this one year more Jews were killed than Christians in 200 years of ancient Roman persecution of Christians). [DO42]


* 1389 In Prag 3,000 Jews were slaughtered. [DO42]


* 1391 Seville’s Jews killed (Archbishop Martinez leading). 4,000 were slain, 25,000 sold as slaves. [DA454] Their identification was made easy by the brightly colored ”badges of shame” that all Jews above the age of ten had been forced to wear.


* 1492 In the year Columbus set sail to conquer a New World, more than 150,000 Jews were expelled from Spain, many died on their way: 6/30/1492.




* 1648 Chmielnitzki massacres: In Poland about 200,000 Jews were slain.




(I feel sick …) this goes on and on, century after century, right into the kilns of Auschwitz.




Numerous are the curses which the Torah promises will befall individuals and our nation if we fail to live up to our mission as members of God’s “Chosen nation.”