September 11, 2014
16 Elul 5774
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Shabbat Ki Tavo
Rachel Kapen

Following  Parashat Ki Tetze of last week,, ki Tavo means: as you come (to the Land).Like Ki Tetze, Ki Tavo   is also in the singular emphasizing the fact that  the words are meant for each and every one of the people personally.

In its first part, the parasha recounts the mitzvah of Bikurim- First fruits that are to be gathered and presented to the Kohen in the Beit HaMikdash. However, this isn't supposed to be the first of ANY fruit, only the ones from the Shivat HaMinim, the Seven Species which typifies the  best fruits of Eretz Israel: namely: wheat, barley, vines, figs, pomegranates, olives, and date-honey.

In the Mishna there is a beautiful description of the Bikurim Procession going to Jerusalem:
"They, that were near to Jerusalem brought fresh figs and grapes, and they, that were far off Jerusalem brought dried figs and raisins. Before them went the ox , having its horns overlaid with gold and a wreath of olive leaves on its heads. The flute was played before them until they drew near to Yerushalayim . When they drew near to Yerushalayim they sent messengers before them and bedecked their baskets with their

First fruits."...

Another very important subject Ki Tavo covers is the one of the Maaser or Tithe, the apportioning of one tenth of the yield to the Levi. Actually, there  were several kinds  of the Maaser. What is called: Maaser  Rishon, the First Maaser was used for the maintenance of the Leviim who did not receive a plot of land like the rest of Bnai Israel. The Maaser Sheni had to be taken to Yerushalayim by the owner and be consumed there by him and the family or redeem it and use the proceeds  there. However,  in the third and Sixth year of the Shmitah-- this Maaser was fully dedicated to the  Poor, the orphan and the widow. It was also called: Maaser Ani- (with an ayin)  the Maaser of the Poor. Yet, despite the fact that the Levi was taken care of by klal Israel, he too had responsibilities to others. He couldn't be just a taker he too had to be a giver.  So from his Maaser he had to give a maaser to the Kohen.  Share and share alike.

 Judaism always made sure that the poor and most vulnerable members of society are well taken care of, so it  enacted special laws to make sure this is done. In later years of Jewish history it gave birth to special local organizations each community had to help its poor and disadvantaged such as we have today.

Yet, Parashat Ki Tavo is mostly known for the wonderful blessings  and most dreadful curses- which are chanted in a very low voice- but I have neither the space nor the inclination to deal with them here and now so stay tuned to Shabbat morning and in the meantime Shabbat Shalom.

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9/12/2014 (17 Elul)        

Yosef Garber

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Mary Friedman

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Ida Goode

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9/22/2014 (27 Elul)        

Robert Nusholtz

9/24/2014 (29 Elul)        

Malkah Muchkies

9/25/2014 (1 Tishrei)      

Nathan (Bob) Crone

Tillie Kershenbaum

9/26/2014 (2 Tishrei)      

Abraham Lewis

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Louis Glazier

9/29/2014 (5 Tishrei)      

Moishe Haar

9/30/2014 (6 Tishrei)      

Ruth Elbling

Paul Feiner

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