Ki Tavo: A Tale of a City and a Field



We are getting close. Tonight we begin to recite the Selichot prayers, indicating that Rosh Hashanah is a week away.

As one year comes to a close and another is about to begin, we could use these final days of 5775 to look back at what was, appreciate what we have accomplished and, above all, scrutinize our lives, talents, opportunities and skills to see how we can make the coming year even better.

If you could fix one thing in your life, what would it be? Say God was standing right in front of you – and He is – what single blessing would you ask for to enhance your life, everyone around you, and the world?

Our Torah portion relates one such blessing: You shall be blessed in the city, and you shall be blessed in the field.

What is the city? What is the field?

The key is to keep your hands in the field but your head in the city. The secret to all success is to keep working in your field without ever forgetting your higher purpose.


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