This Shabbat, we will experience what can only happen at most twice a year: reading from three Sifrei Torah. We start with the weekly portion, Tazri’a, and continue the priestly emphasis on holiness and ritual purity. Since it’s Rosh Hodesh Nisan, we read the passage from Numbers that ordains additional sacrifices (musaf) for special occasions, starting with those that occur most often–Shabbat coming once a week, and Rosh Hodesh obviously monthly. Finally, our third passage is for the fourth and final special reading in the weeks leading up to Pesah–the first command ever issued to Israel as a nation.
My goal in offering the weekly musical scavenger hunt is to entice people to read the Torah portion carefully, as well as to have some fun with music. Even if you don’t care for the video clips, it’s worthwhile to read the parshah anyway. For those who want to play along, why did I think of these songs?