Health, Nutrition & Torah: Ki Tavo

| August 25, 2010

The Text:

26:1-10 And it shall be, when you come in to the land which the Lord your God gives you for an inheritance, and possess it, and live in it; That you shall take of the first of all the fruit of the earth, which you shall bring of your land that the Lord your God gives you, and shall put it in a basket, and shall go to the place which the Lord your God shall choose to place his name there.  And you shall go to the priest who shall be in those days, and say to him, I declare this day to the Lord your God, that I have come to the country, which the Lord swore to our fathers to give us.  And the priest shall take the basket from your hand, and set it down before the altar of the Lord your God.  And you shall speak and say before the Lord your God, A wandering Aramean was my father, and he went down into Egypt, and sojourned there with a few, and became there a nation, great, mighty, and populous; And the Egyptians dealt ill with us, and afflicted us, and laid upon us hard slavery; And when we cried to the Lord God of our fathers, the Lord heard our voice, and looked on our affliction, and our labor, and our oppression;  And the Lord brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand, and with an outstretched arm, and with great awesomeness, and with signs, and with wonders;  And he has brought us to this place, and has given us this land, a land that flows with milk and honey.  And now, behold, I have brought the first fruits of the land, which you, O Lord, have given me. And you shall set it before the Lord your God, and worship before the Lord your God.

The Context:

This is the Torah portion that outlines the ways the Israelites will settle in the Land of Israel.  The description of the tithe of first fruits and the formulaic statement to be offered is contained here.

What it Means for Advocates:

Collect the receipts for all of your food shopping for the month (grocery stores, farmers markets; you can even include restaurant receipts) and at the end of the month add it all up.  Calculate a percentage of this total and donate it to organizations like MAZON.

The Israelites learn that God will bestow great favor upon them if they uphold their covenant with God.  What are ways that we show ourselves to be God’s faithful partners today?  How can we help extend God’s blessings of wealth and abundance to poor and hungry people around the world?

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