web analytics
December 21, 2014 / 29 Kislev, 5775
 
At a Glance
Judaism
Sponsored Post
8000 meals Celebrate Eight Days of Chanukah – With 8,000 Free Meals Daily to Israel’s Poor

Join Meir Panim’s campaign to “light up” Chanukah for families in need.



Bechukoti: Why Would God Curse His People?


Bechukotai

Bechukotai
Photo Credit: alephbeta.org

In this week’s parsha, the Torah presents a stark choice: follow God and live, or abandon Him and die. Does this just reinforce God as a terrifying deity, or is there something more here? Through an analysis of language and a comparison to the Garden of Eden, Rabbi Fohrman shows us how we “choosing life” will show us the way to cling to God.

Visit AlephBeta.  /  Rabbi David Fohrman

About the Author: Rabbi David Fohrman is the dean of Aleph Beta Academy. He has taught at Johns Hopkins University, and was a lead writer and editor for ArtScroll's Talmud translation project. Aleph Beta creates videos to help people experience Torah in way that is relevant and meaningful to them. for more videos, visit: alephbeta.org.


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

7 Responses to “Bechukoti: Why Would God Curse His People?”

  1. Disobedience to his Torah.

  2. Karen Bryant says:

    God doesn’t curse. He layed out the laws that would work toward the good. Going against them is our choice . So we curse ourselves when we stray away.

  3. Whoah !!! Somebody listen to Mrs. Bryant , that is a very proven statement , this is a sobering comment . Listen to her .

  4. PrAY TO THE Mercyful, the ALLMightY.

  5. But, aren’t we supposed to be endowed with the capability of free-thinking, of making our own decisions and choices? Why wuld He curse us, then, if He gave us that capability?

  6. He said, “I lay before you life and death….choose life. I lay before you the blessing and the curse, choose the blessing!”
    It wouldn’t be freedom if you didn’t have a choice, now would it? Torah teaches, so that we would know what the blessing is, and what the curse is. His Word is forever settled. Therefore, choose. You…..choose!!

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Current Top Story
Dr. Ben Carson at the Western Wall.
Black GOP Leader Prays at the Western Wall for ‘Solomonic Wisdom’
Latest Judaism Stories
Parsha-Perspective-Logo-NEW

To many of our brethren Chanukah has lost its meaning.

Parsha-Perspective-Logo-NEW

This ability to remain calm under pressure and continue to see the situation clearly is a hallmark of Yehuda’s leadership.

Torah-Hakehillah-121914

It would have been understandable for these great warriors to become dispirited.

Torah-Hakehillah-121914

The travail of Yosef was undoubtedly the greatest trauma of Yaakov’s life, which certainly knew its share of hardships.

Yosef, in interpreting the first set of dreams, performed in a manner that was clearly miraculous to all.

Chazal teach us that we need to be “sur may’rah v’asei tov,”avoid bad and do good.

When we celebrate the completion of learning a section of Torah, we recite the Hadran.

Fetal Immersion?
‘The Fetus Is A Limb Of Its Mother’
(Yevamos 78a)

Yosef proves he is a true leader; He is continually and fully engaged in the task of running Egypt

When the inability cannot be clearly attributed to either spouse, the halacha is the subject of debate among the Rishonim.

Those who reject our beliefs know in their souls Jewish power stems from our faith and our prayers.

He stepped outside, and, to his dismay, the menorah was missing. It had been stolen.

Though we Jews have deep obligations to all people our obligation to our fellow Jew is unique.

In a way that decision was the first in a series of miracles with which Hashem blessed us.

Question: If Abraham was commanded to circumcise his descendants on the eighth day, why do Arabs – who claim to descend from Abraham through Yishmael – wait until their children are 13 to circumcise them? I am aware that this is a matter of little consequence to our people. Nevertheless, this inconsistency is one that piques my curiosity.

M. Goldman
(Via E-mail)

Exploring the connection between Pharaoh’s dreams and the story of Joseph being sold into slavery.

More Articles from Rabbi David Fohrman
Miketzi_lecture

Exploring the connection between Pharaoh’s dreams and the story of Joseph being sold into slavery.

vayeishev-does-god

Using Joseph’s story to understand what non-prophetic communication with God could look like today

Rabbi Fohrman addresses “What is in a name?”

There’s a perfect mirror between Jacob running away from Esav to when he reunites with his brother.

Looking at examples of the word “toldot” to argue we produce not only children but vision and legacy

What is the surprising connection‏ between Eliezer and Samuel? Find out with Rabbi David Fohrman

The story of Vayeira is a basis for our slavery and ultimate exodus from Egypt.

How do the stories in Lech Lecha help us understand the central tension of Abraham’s life, legacy?

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/judaism/jewish-columns/rabbi-david-fohrman/bechukoti-why-would-god-curse-his-people/2014/05/15/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: