Kee Tavo: The Lament of the Shammes By Rabbi David Hartley Mark

“But if you do not harken to the voice of the LORD your God to observe and perform all the commandments which I command you this day, then shall all of these curses come upon you and take effect: cursed shall you be in the city, and cursed shall you be in the country. …The Lord will make disease cling to you, until He has utterly wiped you out from the land you are to possess….”
–Deut. 28:15-16, 21, The “List of Curses”

Kee Tavo: The Tale of Mr. Haimowitz, Our Shammas By Rabbi David Hartley Mark

We come into the world, proud, feeling self-sufficient. But the world breaks everyone. We suffer loss. We retreat; we mourn, we cry. We pray to God.