Parshat Ki Tavo: August 28, 2021 – 20 Elul 5781

Shabbat Shalom!

Erev Shabbat

Friday, August 27

  • Candle lighting: 7:20 pm

Parshat Ki Tavo – Shabbat, August 28

  • Stone Chumash p. 1068
  • 122 Psukim
  • Haftorah: “Kumi Ori” Isaiah Ch. 60. Stone Chumash p. 1201

Important Shabbat Times

  • Candle lighting: 7:20 pm
  • Vasikin (Sunrise): 6:32:39 am
  • Latest Morning Shma: 9:48 am
  • Earliest Mincha: 1:37 pm
  • Havdalah: 8:16 pm
  • Community Havdalah: 8:30 pm
  • Zoom Selichot: 9pm

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  • Indoors @ Kol BeRamah

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Highlights of Parshat Ki Tavo

Parshat Ki Tavo is probably the most difficult parsha that we are required to read, as it describes the terrible admonitions that would befall our people for non-compliance of the mitzvot. Indeed, this is not the only parsha in which such an admonition is read; we similarly read one at the end of Leviticus (Parshat Bechukotai). Yet of the two, this is certainly the most powerful. Furthermore, in this version, there aren’t any refreshing verses of consolation in sight. Nevertheless, even these admonitions are preceded by the glorious blessing that will be ours if we do walk in the ways of Hashem!

Our parsha opens with the mitzvah to recite the special verses in conjunction with the bringing of the first fruits to the Temple. Today, we recite those same verses each year, with their midrashic interpretations, at the Passover seder.

In this week’s Haftorah, we are soothed by the beautiful prophecies to be realized at the end of days. Instead of being despised and hated, we will be honored and praised by the very same enemies who formerly tried to destroy us. The light of the sun and moon will pale in comparison with the brilliant light of the L-rd, which will accompany us wherever we may go. All of this is real and not a fantasy.

“I am G-d, at the right time I will hasten!” The Rabbis ask, “Well, which is it? A fixed time, or a speeded up time?” They answer that it depends upon us. If we prove ourselves worthy, then the Messianic era will be rushed; if not, there will at least be a fixed time for the realization of these prophecies.

By the way, the opening line of the Haftorah has found its way in the Lecha Dodi prayer: Hitoreri Hitoreri Ki va orech kumi ori. Awaken, Awaken, for your  light has arrived – rise and shine!

This FRIDAY NIGHT,  AUG. 28, ZOOM SELICHOT at 8:45 pm, immediately following havdalah!