Rabbi Wise’s Weekly Shabbat Message

  • Shabbat Bo 5781
    This is a week of hope, and we pray that our country is blessed with healing. This hope can be expressed in all languages and formats. For example:   Got Bentsch Amerike Amanda Gorman’s exquisite Inauguration poem   Here are some musical selections relevant for this week’s reading, Parshat Bo. Why did I choose them? Join us for havdalah online Saturday at 5:50 ...
  • Shabbat Vaera 5781
    Welcome to the month of Shevat! I know that it’s hard to imagine the ground thawing out and nature revitalized, but the arrival of this month, and Tu Bishvat, reminds us that spring is on the way.   In our weekly Torah reading cycle, the Egyptians certainly can’t sense spring, as they are pummeled with one plague after another. In ...
  • Shabbat Shemot 5781
    After another week of emotionally draining news in our country, I confess that I’m not much in the mood to share music, even in the service of teaching the weekly Torah portion, Shemot. I will reflect on the events of the week in my remarks on Shabbat morning.   Until then, I welcome you to contemplate what it means ...
  • Shabbat Vayehi 5781
      We begin 2021 with an instant Shabbat, and a Torah portion that means “He lived.” So may it be true for us all! Here’s a treat to send us into the New Year–USY and Koolulam made this little video.   As you know. we have moved temporarily to the triennial Torah reading on Shabbat mornings, for the ...
  • Shabbat Vayigash 5781
    As you know. we have moved temporarily to the triennial Torah reading on Shabbat mornings, for the purposes of keeping the people who come indoors to make a minyan a little more safe. This week, we’ll be reading from Genesis 45:28-46:27. We look forward to returning to our normal full parshah soon!   As Israel heads for a ...
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