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Weekly Message 09.01.2023 Parashat KiTavo

Parashat KiTavo (when you come) Deuteronomy 26:1 -29:8

HafTorah Isaiah 60:1 -22

Dear friends,

We are thankful that once again we have escaped a major hurricane without damage and hope that you all got through the storm in good shape. Because the airport was closed and my flight canceled, I will be at services this Shabbat and will be leaving for New Jersey/New York after services on Saturday evening. Then on Sunday, I will join my sister and my cousins for our annual cemetery visitations. Then next Sunday (September 10th), we will have our cemetery visitations here at Beit Olam in Trinity, Grace Memorial in Hudson, and the National Cemetery in Bushnell. Please try to join me at one or more of these venues for memorial prayers prior to Rosh Hashanah.

This week, just two weeks before Rosh Hashanah, we have our Shabbat services tonight at 7:30 pm and tomorrow morning at 9:30 am, both in-person and virtually on Zoom. We continue our chanting and study of the Book of Deuteronomy (Devorim) with the portion of Ki Tavo and the 6th or 7 Haftorahs of Consolation from Chapter 60 of the words of the Prophet Isaiah. Ki Tavo begins with the commandment for tithing ten percent of the yield of crops for the "Levite, the stranger, the orphan, and the widow". The commandment to "love and protect" the stranger is so relevant in our day and age when so many suffer oppression and famine in foreign lands and sojourn to ours. It also contains the now familiar blessings and curses that come with obeying or disobeying the mitzvot and Moses's 3rd and final discourse reminding all of the miracles they witnessed in their long journey from slavery to freedom and the importance of following the mitzvot.

The Haftorah concludes with verses 19-22 with powerful and often quoted words:

לֹא־יִֽהְיֶה־לָּ֨ךְ ע֤וֹד הַשֶּׁ֙מֶשׁ֙ לְא֣וֹר יוֹמָ֔ם וּלְנֹ֕גַהּ הַיָּרֵ֖חַ לֹא־יָאִ֣יר לָ֑ךְ וְהָֽיָה־לָ֤ךְ יְהֹוָה֙ לְא֣וֹר עוֹלָ֔ם וֵאלֹהַ֖יִךְ לְתִפְאַרְתֵּֽךְ׃

No longer shall you need the sun

For light by day,

Nor the shining of the moon

For radiance [by night];

For GOD shall be your light everlasting,

Your God shall be your glory.

לֹא־יָב֥וֹא עוֹד֙ שִׁמְשֵׁ֔ךְ וִירֵחֵ֖ךְ לֹ֣א יֵֽאָסֵ֑ף כִּ֣י יְהֹוָ֗ה יִֽהְיֶה־לָּךְ֙ לְא֣וֹר עוֹלָ֔ם וְשָׁלְמ֖וּ יְמֵ֥י אֶבְלֵֽךְ׃

Your sun shall set no more,

Your moon no more withdraw;

For GOD shall be a light to you forever,

And your days of mourning shall be ended.

וְעַמֵּךְ֙ כֻּלָּ֣ם צַדִּיקִ֔ים לְעוֹלָ֖ם יִ֣ירְשׁוּ אָ֑רֶץ נֵ֧צֶר (מטעו) [מַטָּעַ֛י] מַעֲשֵׂ֥ה יָדַ֖י לְהִתְפָּאֵֽר׃

And your people, all of them righteous,

Shall possess the land for all time;

They are the shoot that I planted,

My handiwork in which I glory.

הַקָּטֹן֙ יִהְיֶ֣ה לָאֶ֔לֶף וְהַצָּעִ֖יר לְג֣וֹי עָצ֑וּם אֲנִ֥י יְהֹוָ֖ה בְּעִתָּ֥הּ אֲחִישֶֽׁנָּה׃ {ס}

The smallest shall become a clan;

The least, a mighty nation.

I GOD will speed it in due time.

I am looking forward to our Torah and Haftorah readings and study and being with you as we continue to prepare for the High Holy Days.

See you in shul!

Ron Becker,

Spiritual Leader



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