Perashat Ki Tabo
The Perasha begins with the words, "It will be when you enter the Land (Eretz Yisrael). The word 'vehayah' –'it will be' seems to be extra. The answer is that this word, 'vehayah' denotes happiness. The Torah is teaching that the Jews will experience true happiness when they are redeemed from exile and brought to Eretz Yisrael. As King David writes in Tehillim, "When G-d will return the exiles of Zion. Our mouths will be filled with laughter."
ברו ך אתה בעיר - ברו ך אתה בשדה In this week's Perasha, we find the words, "Blessed shall you be in the city and blessed shall you be in the field." (28:3) wouldn't it have sufficed to state that you shall be blessed everywhere? The answer can be derived from our patriarch Yitzchak, who had two sons, Yaakob and Eisav. Eisav was a skilled hunter and is described in the Torah as 'ish sadeh' – a man of the field. On the other hand, Yaakob was a Torah scholar and is described as 'yosheib ohalim' – a dweller in tents – which means that he was a city dweller.
Originally, Yitzchak wanted to bless Eisav, but Yaakob managed to obtain the blessing instead. In response to his heart rendering plea, Eisav was also blessed.
The Torah promises that for listening to Hashem and observing His commandments one will merit all the blessings: both those of 'ba'ir' which were given to Yaakov – the city dweller – as well as those of 'basadeh' – given to Eisav – the man of the fields.
ושמחת בכל הטוב ..." "and you shall rejoice in all the goodness…" What is Tov? Torah.
We were very fortunate to have Torah learning groups in addition to our regular classes. Special thanks to R' Leon Hazan, R' Nathan Escava & R' David Ashear, Rabbi Shimon Cohen, R" Victor Antebi & R' Refael Farhi for their devotion to our congregation throughout the summer. We would also like to thank Our Hazzanim Yehiel Nahari & Shlomo Shemer. For the uplifting prayers.In the merit of learning Torah may we be worthy of the ultimate goodness – the coming of Mashiah speedily in our days.
As the summer season draws to a close, my blessings to the entire congregation, wherever they may live, parallel to the words of the Perasha, - May Hashem bless you in full measure, in the city and in the field, and may you all merit a wonderful New Year, one of happiness and joy, full of all of Hashem's blessings. Amen.
Rabbi Isaac Farhi