Congregation Etz Hayim at Hollis Hills Bayside

The consolidated communities of Hollis Hills Bayside Jewish Center and Marathon Jewish Community Center

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 purposes of keeping the people who come indoors to make a minyan a little more safe. This week, we’ll be reading from Genesis 49:1-26. We look forward to returning to our normal full parshah soon!
 
One passage from the Torah portion has become one of the best-known lullabies in the Jewish parent’s arsenal (notice that I’ve compared bedtime to warfare; I have the scars to justify that analogy). Here’s Kol Zimra, including our friend Jordan B. Gorfinkel, singing the Abie Rotenberg classic. The song is set to these words:
 
“The Angel who has redeemed me from all harm- Bless the lads. In them may my name be recalled, And the names of my fathers Abraham and Isaac, And may they be teeming multitudes upon the earth” (Genesis 48:16).
 
In this final parshah from Sefer Bereshit, the Book of Genesis, you can find clues to explain my selecting these songs. You’ll need to listen to the lyrics and read the Torah portion carefully to get all of these:
 
 
 
 
 
 
You can get answers at our online Havdalah Saturday at 5:30 PM.
 
Wishing you a Shabbat Shalom, Happy 2021, and as always good health 
 
Rabbi David Wise