Shabbat Vayelekh/Shuvah 5782

On this first Shabbat of 5782, we contemplate and commit to coming home. Shabbat Shuvah, so named because the prophet Hoshe’a urges us to return to God in light of our stumbles, is an opportunity for deep introspection. This year, it’s also the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks on our country, a day etched in the memories of everyone old enough to recall exactly where she or he was. There’s a lot on our minds this Shabbat.
So instead of giving you musical clues to find in this week’s very short Torah portion, Vayelekh, I’m including a few selections from the modern Israeli music scene that touch on themes of the Aseret Yemei Teshuvah, the Ten Days of Return. We’ll take a closer look at one of them during our break between Minhah and Ma’ariv on Shabbat afternoon, with services beginning at 6:50 PM.
Ishay Ribo brings the Avodah service to life
My favorite from Kol Nidre Night (see page 223 in Mahzor Lev Shalem)
Ki Hinei Kahomer by Natan Goshen (see page 227 in Mahzor Lev Shalem)
The beautiful voice of Narkis
Wishing you a Shabbat Shalom, and a Gemar Hatimah Tovah–may we be inscribed for a good year,  
Rabbi David Wise
Candle lighting: 6:53 PM
Torah Reading: Deuteronomy 31:1-30
Trienniel: Same as above
Haftarah: Hosea 14:2-10; Micah 7:18-20