Learn from Congregation B’nai Chaim: The timeless joy of giving

Hefsiba "Jen" Cohen
Hefsiba “Jen” Cohen, Special to Valley News This week’s Torah portion from Deuteronomy 26:1-29:8 is called “Ki Tavo.” It literally means “when you enter” and refers to Moses’ instructions to ancient Israel as they were entering into the Promised Land. Last week’s Torah portion discussed the tithe donations that were to be given to the Levites who served as priests in the tabernacle and didn’t own their own crops or herds, as a rule. These tithes were also to encompass “tzedakah,” which are gifts of charity, that were to be given to those in need. In this week’s Torah portion, the instructions for “giving” continue as Moses addresses the Israelites who are preparing to enter into the land. He reminds them that once established in the land, they will a
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