Shabbat Message 9/7/12


Posted on Sep 7, 2012

Mayda Roth, JCC Development Director
September 7, 2012 20 Elul, 5772
Ki Tavo, Portion of the Week

This week’s Torah portion, Ki Tavo, summarizes the entire relationship between G-d and the people of Israel:
You have affirmed this day that the Almighty is your G-d, that you will walk in G-d’s ways, that you will observe the laws and commandments and rules…and the Almighty has affirmed that you are the treasured people who shall observe all of the commandments. (Deut. 26: 17-18)
I have given to the [needy]…and have…a land flowing with milk and honey. (Deut. 26: 12-15)
In the online eZine, Arutz Sheva comments on the portion by describing the relationship between the Jewish people and their G-d and the reciprocity
between them through an idea made famous in the form of two jingles, the first, that of William Norman
Ewer:
How odd
Of G-d
To choose
The Jews

and the second, the Jewish retort:

Not quite
So odd –
The Jews
Chose G-d

The relationship between G-d and the Jewish people is one of abundance and enormous responsibility. Heed the words of G-d and do not stand idly by. In exchange for the magnitude of gifts from G-d, the Jewish people are charged with providing for those who need support. The rhymes are metaphors for the umbrella that arches over the JCC providing access through scholarship opportunities where people of all backgrounds, faiths, abilities and financial means come together. Under the aegis of a code of ethical behavior and as members of that chosen people, the JCC follows in the path outlined in Torah and responds to the task of living up to that duty prescribed more than 5700 years ago.

Shabbat Shalom

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