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Shabbat and Candle Lighting  
for Friday, September 20, 2019 / 21 Elul 5779  
 
Light Shabbat candles at 6:10 p.m.  
 
 
Dear Co ngregation Kehillah and Friends,
Rabbi Sharfman
     
Parashat  Ki Tavo   ("when you will come into the Land..."), shares laws and ethics to live by as the Israelites prepare to enter the Land of Israel. It includes this verse:  
 
Baruch atah b'voecha, u'varuch atah b'tzetecha  
- Blessed shall you be in your comings and blessed shall you be in your goings. 
 
When my Nana, z"l, probably drawing from this verse of Torah, wanted to offer expressions of love and support for a journey, she would always say to me in Yiddish as I prepared to leave the house:   Gai gezundt un kim gezundt ("go well and come back well").
 
The Rabbis asked: which goings and which comings? Responses included: when preparing to do battle, at the time of one's death, or on any journey, so that one would return safely to loved ones and to study of Torah.   Tefillat HaDerech , the Traveler's Prayer, came from this idea. 
 
Each day is a journey and each moment can be seen as an opportunity for blessing. How beautiful for us to leave our homes each day with a blessing that we reach our destination in peace!
 
 
 
A   kavannah   for candle lighting for   Shabbat Ki Tavo
 
Holy One, as I prepare to enter Shabbat, please help me to both   give and receive blessings for the journey that lies ahead, open to   the possibilities for growth through dialogue and sharing with others   along that journey.   
  
May all of your journeys lead you to your desired destination in   peace! 
 

 
Join us this Saturday for  Selichot, which helps us prepare intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually for the High Holy Days.  Refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m. Havdalah and program begin at 7:00 p.m. During the evening, we'll hear phrases from our most beloved High Holy Days prayers and melodies, change our Torah cover from its everyday garb to holiday white, and explore what Albert Brooks - and  Defending Your Life  - can teach us. Please RSVP by Friday, before Shabbat, if you have not already done so.  
 
 
Shabbat Shalom,
 
Rabbi Bonnie Sharfman  
Congregation Kehillah
602-369-7667
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