Rabbi Wise’s Weekly Shabbat Message

  • Shabbat Va-ethanan 5780
      Dear Friends,   As we emerge from the observance of Tish’ah B’Av, the saddest day on the Jewish calendar, we spring into Shabbat and Parshat Vaet-hanan, which includes both the Ten Commandments and the Shema’. Though those are among our greatest hit passages, I want to direct our attention to the first words of the portion, in which Moshe is ...
  • Shabbat Devarim 5780
      Dear Friends,   We have made it to the brink of the Holy Land. This Shabbat, we begin reading Sefer Devarim, the final book of our Humash. Click here for the written version of my dvar-Torah for this week. If you prefer a video version, click here.   During the Three Weeks between the 17th of Tammuz and Tish’ah B’Av, I’m limiting my musical musings. ...
  • Shabbat Mattot/Mas’ei 5780
      Dear Friends,   After a week away, I’m glad to be back in the mode of teaching Torah. In this final double portion to the Book of Numbers, here is the written version of my dvar Torah for Mattot/Mas’ei. If you want the video version, click here.   During the Three Weeks between the 17th of Tammuz and Tish’ah B’Av, I’m ...
  • Shabbat Korah 5780
      Dear Friends, The trials and tribulations of the wilderness continue this week, with the insurrections of Korah, Datan and Aviram. When you consider the results of the previous parshah, all that unrest was probably inevitable. That’s what I address in this week’s Dvar Torah. Click here for the written version. You can find the video version here. It’s time ...
  • Shabbat Shelah-Lekha 5780
      Dear Friends,   The tension mounts, and another traumatic moment in Israelite history consigns us to wander in the wilderness for 40 years. That’s the main narrative of this week’s Torah portion, Shelah-Lekha. But there are silver linings here, too. Some dreams remain intact. Click here for the written version of this week’s Dvar Torah. You can find the ...
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