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Parashat Ki Tavo (Deuteronomy 26:1-29:8)

Parashat Ki Tavo (Deuteronomy 26:1-29:8)

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/torah_portion/article/parashat_ki_tavo_deuteronomy_261-298_20100824

All too often, we are confronted with life’s unfairness. How could someone so kind suffer so terribly? How could someone so ruthless enjoy wealth earned at the expense of the vulnerable and powerless? How is it that with greater or lesser frequency — and for better or worse — our own fate does not align with our virtue? Our despair or relief at such moral inequities reflects our intuitive expectation of just consequences for our choices and behavior. Given the Torah’s repeated assurances that adherence to God’s mandates begets material reward — and acting otherwise begets punishment — such inequities often give rise to personal crises of faith.

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