Ki Tavo by Rabbi David Hartley Mark

Kee Tavo: The Blessing and the Curse by Rabbi David Hartley Mark   Scene: The journey to Mt. Gerizim and to Mt. Ebal, there to receive the Blessing and the Curse from God (Deut. 27:11-14). The words of the Curse are the harshest to be found in the entire Torah, and remain controversial to this […]

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.