Shabbat Beha’alotekha 5782

The wilderness journey gets underway this Shabbat, but while the Israelites are supposed to be going north, their experience quickly goes south. Despite gifts of Divine accompaniment, a reliable notification system, and a steady diet of manna, the Israelites begin to complain with such bitterness (and irony) that Moshe is ready to give up. Instead of replacing him, God gives Moshe prophetic company. That doesn’t seem to impress Miriam, who murmurs about him to their brother Aaron. That, too, doesn’t impress God in a positive way.
 
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?
 
One of the lesser-known Grunge bands
 
Does the Torah make them feel this way?
 
The words can mean “I support you” or “Hang on”
 
My first musical fascination
 
Faces fronted by Rod Stewart
 
Oliver and the Israelites
 
80s heartthrob Nik Kershaw
 
 
We will reveal the connection of these songs to the Torah portion after Shabbat minhah, which begins this week at 8 PM, at Seudah Shelishit.
 
Wishing you a Shabbat Shalom,
 
Rabbi David Wise
 
Candle lighting: 8:10 PM
Torah Reading: Numbers 8:1-12:16
Haftarah: Zechariah 2:14-4:7
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