Shavua tov! Looking forward to Shabbat Ki Tetzei… and a special guest this Shabbat!

Shavua tov – a  good week to you! This week we’re reading parashat Ki Tetzei from the book of Dvarim (Deuteronomy.)return-to-shabbat

If you’d like to read some commentaries on this week’s Torah portion, some links follow:

And here’s the URJ’s compilation of commentaries on this week’s Torah portion: Ki Tetzei | URJ.

This coming Shabbat we will welcome a special guest — Rabbi David Markus of Temple Beth El of City Island, who with Rabbi Rachel serves as co-chair of ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal. On Friday night there will be a vegetarian potluck supper at 6pm (please RSVP for that – office@cbiweb.org) followed by a Kabbalat Shabbat service at 7pm. Stay tuned for more information about that. (Shabbat morning services will also be led by Rabbi Rachel and Rabbi David.)

During the month of Elul it’s customary to pray psalm 27 every day. We’ll be singing different excerpts from the psalm over the course of this month and the Days of Awe — the song “Achat Sha’alti,” which we’ve sung here for many years at this season, and also the verse “Lach Amar Libi” to a melody from Nava Tehila, the Jewish Renewal congregation of Jerusalem.

Here’s an embedded mp3 of that melody so you can listen to it at home:

And here’s sheet music, for those who find sheet music useful: Psalm 27,Lakh Amar Libi notes [pdf] The words translate to “You [God] called to my heart, saying ‘seek My face;’ Your face, Source of All, is what I seek!”

Many thanks to our shamashim, the members who host our Shabbat services each week. If you would like to join that group, please contact Pattie Lipman.

We hope to see you soon at CBI!

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