23 September 2016

Parashat Ki Tavo 5776

19 Elul 5776

Google had a cute little graphic with falling leaves yesterday telling me that it was the first day of autumn. It immediately brought to mind the colorful fall foliage of my youth in the old country. And as I thought about that, I wondered to myself - what are my visual cues now that we are leaving summer behind and heading into cooler fall weather? Of course, ripening pomegranates in the garden and ripe dates hanging from the trees lining the roads!

"When you enter the land that the Lord your God is giving you as a heritage, and you possess it and settle in it, you shall take some of every first fruit of the soil which you harvest from the land that the LORD your God is giving you, put it in a basket and go to the place where the LORD your God will choose to establish His name.

You shall go to the priest in charge at that time and say to him, “I acknowledge this day before the LORD your God that I have entered the land that the LORD swore to our fathers to assign us.”

~Shabbat Shalom~


  1. Yes, I saw that Google too, it was so cute. And I also miss the leafy "old country". But beauty is all over the world as creation of HaShem. I have found some red leaves of maple (?) trees in my area and love to walk thru them at night when the moon shines brightly.

    1. I didn't say I miss it. Sorry if I gave that impression.

      Shabbat shalom! :-)

  2. Anonymous, thank you for your kind words. I hope I can live up to them.

    Shabbat shalom!

  3. No, it is “I” that miss the leaves BECAUSE HASHEM created all the living things on this earth. There is beauty in all lands; its the people that destroy it.
    Shabbat Shalom

  4. Truly beautiful. The pictures are worth a thousand words. The Land is perfect! nili