Rabbi Wise’s Weekly Shabbat Message

  • Shabbat Shemini 5781
    Now that we have emerged from Yom HaShoah, we are headed into Shabbat with anticipation of joy and the resumption of our routine. That includes studying the weekly Torah portion with the help of these musical clues. Enjoy figuring out why I chose these tracks:   Blind Faith live   Early Indigo Girls   Beautiful cover of S&G by heavy metal band Disturbed   The ...
  • Shabbat Tzav/HaGadol 5781
    In these few remaining hours before Shabbat and Pesah, I hope that the sounds of the seder will uplift and inspire you. Cantor Zim’s extraordinary singalong Wednesday night was a huge hit. If you missed it, you can find it here.   I’m including a few more musical tracks to get you in the mood for Pesah. Enjoy!   Two ...
  • Shabbat Vayikra 5781
    As we come closer to Pesah, we always begin reading Sefer Vayikra, the Book of Leviticus. This Biblical book is the hallmark of priestly detail, particularly ancient Israel’s sacrificial system. Despite our likely disconnect from the idea of animal sacrifice, it’s important to read the weekly Torah portion, so I hope these song selections get you searching ...
  • Shabbat Vayakhel-Pekudei/HaHodesh 5781
    I spent some time this week online with Hadar at their annual Rabbinic Yeshiva Intensive, and in addition to the great Torah I got to learn, they also shared a playlist of some of the new gems from the Rising Song Institute. Check out this catchy melody by Batya Levine.   There’s a lot of Torah to be read this ...
  • Shabbat Ki-Tissa/Parah 5781
    Four-legged farm animals are germane to both Torah readings this week, with a starring role for the Golden Calf in the weekly portion, Ki-Tissa, and the special Maftir reading of Parah Adumah, the Red Heifer.   New footage of the Golden Calf fiasco has recently emerged. Click here for the clip. The subtitles could be bigger, but they’ll have to do.   This is a ...
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