Rabbi Wise’s Weekly Shabbat Message

  • Shabbat Emor 5782
    From the moment we began reading about the building of the Mishkan, we have been immersed in a pursuit of orderliness. That is the primary fascination of the Priestly strand of the Torah, and it continues to dominate this week’s Torah portion, Emor. Our portion can be divided into three units. The first two are laws governing ...
  • Shabbat Kedoshim 5782
    This week we read Parshat Kedoshim, continuing the unit of Leviticus known as the Holiness Code. Chapter 19 is in many ways the epicenter of the Torah, its moral and ethical foundation, as it prescribes behavior for the ideal society in its pursuit of kedushah. We ought to be able to find some good music connected to ...
  • Shabbat Aharei-Mot 5782
    This week, instead of my usual musical selections that are connected to the Torah portion, I’m sharing some of the songs I’ll be referencing in my dvar Torah Shabbat morning. With Yom Ha’atzmaut just days away, it’s great for us to get in the mood to celebrate Israel with some great Israeli music! Please click the links below for ...
  • Shabbat Metzora’/HaGadol 5782
    On Shabbat HaGadol, our attention turns even more sharply to Pesah. It’s a time for great excitement, anticipation, and joy. At the same time, these past two weeks have been very difficult for our People, with a spate of terror attacks on Israelis in residential settings. So this week’s musical selections focus more on the events that ...
  • Shabbat Tazri’a/Hahodesh 5782
    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 ...
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