“Tish’a B’av” – Weekly Newsletter – 7/27/17

Next week, beginning at sundown on July 31, Jews around the world will observe Tish’a B’Av, the 9th day of the Hebrew month of Av, by fasting and reflecting on its historical significance.  Dr. Michael Marmur, a professor at Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion states that, particularly among Reform Jews, this day,…

“Amen and Amen”

  Ki Tavo is this week’s parsha, and around the promises of blessings in the Holy Land, and the instructions for bikkurim—the first fruits—is a set of curses—yes, curses—from our friendly neighborhood Levites.  Deuteronomy 27:14 reads: The Levites shall then proclaim in a loud voice to all the people of Israel:  Cursed be anyone who…