The Lamplighter
Chabad of Washington Heights' Weekly Newsletter
15 Elul, 5780 | September 4, 2020 | Torah Portion: Ki Tavo | Pirkei Avot: Ch. 3-4 | Issue #606
Wishing you a Good Shabbos - Shabbat Shalom - next week in Jerusalem!
Rabbi Yakov D. Kirschenbaum 
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Farbrengen Sunday at 8:30 pm at Chabad for Chai Elul - Birthday of the Baal Shem Tov and the Alter Rebbe!!
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Friday, September 4
Light Candles: 7:04 pm

Shabbat, September 5
Shabbat Ends: 8:02 pm

Find out more about Shabbat & Holiday candle-lighting
Services are held at the Chabad House - 50 Overlook Terrace, side entrance

Shabbat P. Ki Tavo
shul - kleiman
Minchah, Kaballat Shabbat: 7:05 pm

Say Shema before: 9:36 am 
Shacharis: 10:15 am

Services followed by a kiddush, sponsored by Daniyel Petrov, for the yahrzteit of his motehr, Nina bas Avraham A"H
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Minchah: 7:00 pm
Maariv/Shabbat Ends: 8:04 pm

Followed by Havdalah and a viewing of the Living Torah weekly video program
Blessings and Curses
By Rabbi Adin Even-Israel (Steinsaltz). Art by Yoram Raanan
Unlike Parshat Ki Tetzei, which has an abundance of laws, Parshat Ki Tavo contains few halachot. Instead, Parashat Ki Tavo is replete with curses.

The Talmud states, following the implication of the passage, “These shall stand to bless the people…and these shall stand for the curse”, that at Mount Gerizim and Mount Ebal there were two formulas. Those standing for the curse pronounced the curses as they appear in the Torah, and those standing for the blessing pronounced an opposite formula: “Blessed is he who does not make a graven or molten image,” “Blessed is he who does not dishonor his father and mother,” and so forth. CONTINUE
All In for the Daughter
Adapted by Yerachmiel Tilles from Tales of the Baal Shem Tov (Mishor Publishing). Taken from Ascentofsafed.com.
In the venerable chasidic book, Toldos Yaakov, a woman from the community of Mezibush is quoted as having said: "The Jewish people have done well to have chosen G·d as their G-D, but He too has selected well by choosing Israel as His nation, for even Feivish, 'The Lowest of the Low,' consecrated His holy name." CONTINUE
By Rabbi Dov Bialo. From Collive.com

By Levana Kirschenbaum | August 24, 2020 | From Levanacooks.com
Almond Semolina Cake is a delightful Sephardi/Moroccan dessert classic made from semolina and almonds, and soaked in a lemon syrup. This improbable ingredient combination results in an incredibly moist and fragrant cake.

Olive oil in Cake? It works beautifully in this dessert!
CONTINUE for recipe
From Bernie Rappaport
My friend Alexander is so engrossed with technology he got a mobile phone implanted into his throat.

When his mom finds out she's going to ring his neck..
"Everyone must regard himself and the world as evenly poised between good and guilt...If he performed a good deed, he has shifted the balance of his fate, and that of the entire world to good, and has brought deliverance and salvation upon himself and upon them all."
-Maimonides, Laws of Teshuvah Ch. 3, Law 4
"The time of our redemption has arrived."
The Lubavitcher Rebbe, 1990-1 See Yalkut Shimoni Yeshayahu, remez 499