Shabbat Naso 5782
This week we read Parshat Naso, which is dominated by the longest chapter in the Humash. That’s where we read of the gifts brought by each tribe to the dedication of the altar. Each gift is identical, yet the Torah records each separately, to emphasize the devotion of each and every tribe. Earlier in the Torah portion, we read about the tense ceremony of the Sotah, the woman accused of marital infidelity. That passage is followed by the laws of the Nazir, as if to warn against the dangers of excess that could lead to the kind of inappropriate relationships that the Sotah ordeal was meant to expose.
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?
We will reveal the connection of these songs to the Torah portion after Shabbat minhah, which begins this week at 7:55 PM, at Seudah Shelishit.
Wishing you a Shabbat Shalom,
Rabbi David Wise