Rabbi Wise’s Weekly Shabbat Message

  • Shabbat Vayera 5782
    In this week’s action-packed Torah portion, Vayera, we find some of the best-known stories in our tradition. From the hospitality of Avraham and Sarah, to the destruction of Sodom, to the birth of Yitzhak and banishment of Yishma’el, to the spellbinding narrative of the ‘Akedah, we have one Biblical greatest hit after another. See if you can ...
  • Shabbat Lekh-Lekha 5782
    At the end of last week’s Torah reading, we met Avram and Sarai. This week, in Parshat Lekh-Lekha, they become the focus of the narrative. God promises that they will be the parents of a great nation. The only problem is that they are infertile. Still, God reinforces the promise, and it will take another week ...
  • Shabbat Noah 5782
    As we read the story of Noah and the flood in the Torah portion named for its hero, there are so many obvious songs that come to mind. I’m going to try to be a bit more subtle in my selections this week See if you can connect these songs to the Torah portion.   The Who ...
  • Shabbat Bereshit 5782
      As we begin the Torah reading cycle again at Parshat Bereshit, we learn what it means to turn chaos into order (or, to use the religious term, Cosmos). My challenge to you, dear reader of the Shabbat email and of the weekly Torah portion, is to imitate God and make some order out these scrambled songs. ...
  • Shabbat Vayelekh/Shuvah 5782
    On this first Shabbat of 5782, we contemplate and commit to coming home. Shabbat Shuvah, so named because the prophet Hoshe’a urges us to return to God in light of our stumbles, is an opportunity for deep introspection. This year, it’s also the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks on our country, a day etched ...
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