Shabbat Ki Tavo: Blessings and More

Sixth of Seven Sabbaths of Consolation: Following Tisha b’Av, there are seven prophetic readings of consolation – all from Isaiah – that comfort us after the Black Fast and prepare us, emotionally and spiritually, for the upcoming High Holidays.

To Abq Jew, consolation and That Thing You Do! are, of course, synonymous.

In Week 1, Abq Jew introduced (or re-introduced) you to TTYD! the movie. In Week 2, Abq Jew guided you through the first of the many, many great songs from TTYD!

In Week 3, Abq Jew was honored to introduce you to Del Paxton and Marguerite. In Week 4, Abq Jew (along with PBS!) paid tribute to the Girl Groups of the ’50s and ’60s.

In Week 5, and in continued celebration of the First Birthday of his First Grandchild (see The Fable of the Goat (מעשה העז)) – Abq Jew spoke in favor of youthful exuberance.

Here we are in Week 6 of 7. The Torah portion for this week is Ki Tavo. The first part of the parashah describes what will happen when the People of Israel enter their Land of Israel, and ends with (says Abq Jew) the most beautiful prayer in the Torah:

Look down from your holy habitation, from heaven, and bless your people Israel and the land that you have given us, as you swore to our fathers, a land flowing with milk and honey.

Ki Tavo is also known for its Rebuke: first a series of blessings, and then a series of curses – the blessings if Israel follows Torah, and the curses if otherwise.

The curses are traditionally read soto voce in the synagogue, and euphemisms are read in place of certain words that are considered too harsh for the congregation to hear.

There is nothing, however, soto voce about That Thing You Do! The title track (written by Adam Schlesinger), which Abq Jew realizes he has not yet in this series linked to.

Join us next week – same time, same place – for the final edition of

Sabbaths of Consolation – That Thing You Do! 

Until then –

Shabbat Shalom, Albuquerque!

Good Shabbos, New Mexico!