Life is full of ups and downs and rights and wrongs. Now comes the flip-side of the blessings, the Tochachah. As mentioned, it’s quite long, 98 of them…. too long to list all of them. Instead, here’s a sample of a few of them:
Moshe said with much sadness, “Since you did not serve HaShem with joy and gladness when you had everything, you will instead suffer with…
There are many similarities between the 49 curses in Parshas Bechukosai and the 98 curses here in Parshas Ki Savo, but according to Rabbi Moshe ben Nachman, a.k.a. the Ramban (1194-1270) there is one major difference:
In Bechukosai, it’s all about the first Beis HaMikdash destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar of Bavel, and here in Ki Savo, it’s referring to the second Beis HaMikdash destroyed by the Romans.
The timings of the two Tochachah-Parshiyos of the Torah fall out close to two different Yomim Tovim. But who wants to hear “curses” right before Yom Tov?!
Our wise Sages were well aware of this, so they placed a “buffer zone” in between the Tochachah and the holiday: