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Shabbat Morning Service with Hazzan Ramón

Saturday, August 28, 2021 20 Elul 5781

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Ki Tavo– Where do we come from? Ki Tavo begins with the ceremony of bringing first fruits to the Temple. The Mishnah (Bikkurim 3) gives a detailed account of what happened: Those that were near to Jerusalem brought fresh figs and grapes, and those that were far away brought dried figs and raisins. This passage is well-known. The first fruits declaration became the text expounded as part of the Haggadah on seder night on Pesah. Surprisingly, the content is not about nature but about history and it belongs to everyone. Knowing the story of one’s people was the key to belonging to a community of faith. To assure an emotional connection it had to be recited in the first person: “My father . . . Then the Lord brought us out of Egypt . . . He brought us to this place”. History is suddenly transformed into memory. To be a Jew is to be part of a story that extends across forty centuries and almost every land on the face of the earth. Do you agree with this statement? “let’s talk about it. Hazzan Ramón (at your virtual service)

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