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Parashat Ekev (Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25)

Parashat Ekev (Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25)

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/torah_portion/article/shining_the_lightparashat_ekev_deuteronomy_712-1125_20100727

Shabbat in 16th-century Safed must have been a mind-blower. Reading the historical documents of this era and the exploits of the Safed mystics transports one to another universe. The rabbis of this mystical city used to usher in the Sabbath out in the field with tremendous fervor and emotion. One can only imagine the throng of rabbis in flowing beards and white tunics, their feet barely touching the ground, dancing with the angels in a circle as the sun was setting. The Sabbath Queen was never more palpable than amid the beauty and mystery of this magical place and time. We try to recapture that magic every time we sing “Lecha Dodi,” the Friday night hymn written by one of these mystics, Rabbi Shlomo HaLevi Alkebetz (d. 1580).

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