Shabbat Shoftim 5781

This Shabbat is the 40th anniversary of my Bar-Mitzvah, so I have a special affection for this week’s Torah reading, Shoftim. The portion is best known for its classic phrase, “Justice, justice shall you pursue.” But it’s rich in laws that are core to the worldview of the author of the Book of Deuteronomy. I hope that you’ll read the parshah inspired by some musical clues. There’s one for every aliyah, and I made it easier by keeping them in order. What do the following songs have to do with this week’s reading?
This classic from Abbey Road
The clue is in the album title
The clue is in an irresistibly bad pun
Of Monsters and Men
Almost 108 million people love this Whitney song
Suzanne Vega’s achingly beautiful ballad
Alanis Morissette
Now that we are co back to shul in person, I will be revealing the connections in the break between Minhah and Ma’ariv. Join us in person in the sanctuary, or virtually on the livestream, at 7:35 PM.
Wishing you a Shabbat Shalom, and as always, good health,  
Rabbi David Wise
Candle lighting: 7:37 PM
Torah Reading: Deuteronomy 16:18-21:9
Triennial: Deuteronomy 18:6-19:13
Haftarah: Isaiah 51:12-52:12