Repost: Ki Tavo

September 18, 2019 at 8:11 pm | Posted in Ki Tavo | Leave a comment

Bruchim Habayim (“Blessed are those who come”, i.e. “Welcome”)

Are we there yet?  Is this sign in Israel?

No, it’s part of a bilingual sign welcoming people to Saratoga Park in Brooklyn.  We are renting an apartment across the street, for a week, before we continue our journey east.

Between Portland, Oregon and New York, New York my husband and I spent a good weekend at my sister’s house in the New England woods.

Both my sister and I are called to write.  (To find my sister’s writing, see sarabacker.com.)  We both have a passion for ethics, and a commitment to thinking things through.

For me, ethics is not a list of God-given rules, but rather a method for treating other human beings (and the whole world of living things) with respect and consideration.

So this week I polished up an essay I wrote nine years ago on Moses’ ritual for dedicating oneself to good behavior.  Here’s the link:  Ki Tavo: Cursing Yourself.

 

 

 

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