In Parshas Ki Tavo, we learn a powerful lesson in maintaining a positive perspective, even in challenging times. Rashi, teaches is that the pasuk “Arami oved Avi” (26:5) refers to our Yaakov Avinu’s hardships in Aram before his return to the Promised Land. Rashi suggests that the word “oved” can be translated as “perished” or “was lost,” emphasizing Yaakov Avinu’s vulnerability during those years.

According to Rashi (Deut. 26:5), the pasuk also reminds us of the kindness of Hashem, and how He saved us from Lavan. Rashi explains that while Lavan did not succeed in destroying Yaakov, he tried to. Lavan chased after Yaakov when he discovered that Yaakov and his family had escaped from Padam Aram (Ber. 31:17-54). 

From Rashi’s interpretation, we learn that even during difficult periods, we should not lose sight of our ultimate destination and purpose. Just as Yaakov Avinu faced trials in a foreign land but ultimately returned triumphant, we too can navigate life’s struggles with the knowledge that our efforts will lead to blessings.

This resonates with the importance of staying positive in the face of challenges. Ki Tavo encourages us to offer gratitude for what we have, even when circumstances are tough. By focusing on the journey ahead and the growth that comes from adversity, we can maintain our optimism and deepen our connection with Hashem’s guidance.


List of People Who Need a r’fuah sh’leimah (a complete recovery)

Please recite Psalms 20, 30, 88, 121, and 130.

Binyamin Yaakov ben Ariel

Netaniel ben Bella Butio

Marik ben Raya

Reuven Shalom ben Sarah Leah

HaRav Shmuel Yaakov ben Yenta

Shoshanah bas Puah

Shani Shoshana bas Lily Leah

Esther Hadassah bas Devorah

Mitali Naomi bas Gilah Farcha

Rivkah bas Shoshanah

Brachah bas Shoshanah 

Chayah Sophia bas Fanya 

Mazal bas Rachel

Diana bas Berta

Alvera bas Sarah

Chayah Dinah bas Chanah Devorah

Rafaela Bella Blor bas Raya

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