Shabbat Behar 5782

Parshat Behar is small but mighty! It introduces us to Shemittah and Yovel, the sabbatical and jubilee years. Its focus is economic, not environmental. It also emphasizes the transitory nature of property, both real estate and moveable assets. The forgiveness of debt is a powerful reminder that nothing is truly ours to own forever. Judaism affirms wealth as a noble goal, but not an end unto itself.
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?
The Eagles country style
Early Tom Petty
Deep cut from Melissa Etheridge
Incredible song by an incredibly named band
Mahalia Jackson!
Mick’s wish is God’s certainty
Answers will be revealed after Shabbat minhah, which begins this week at 7:40 PM, at Seudah Shelishit.
Wishing you a Shabbat Shalom and happy listening,
Rabbi David Wise
Candle lighting: 7:52 PM
Torah Reading: Leviticus 25:1-26:2
Haftarah: Jeremiah 32:6-27