Congregation Etz Hayim at Hollis Hills Bayside

The consolidated communities of Hollis Hills Bayside Jewish Center and Marathon Jewish Community Center

Rabbi Wise’s Weekly Shabbat Message

  • Shabbat Bemidbar 5781
    This has been a traumatic week for our brothers and sisters in Israel. We pray for their safety, and we wish for all innocent people to be able to live without fear. I am grateful to the many people who reached out to check in on our children in Israel; your concern for them and ...
  • Shabbat Behar/Behukotai 5781
    One way to look at the long section of warnings that we read this week is that there are far more “curses” than blessings. Simple math would bear out this reading; there are 11 verses connected to “If you follow My laws,” and 30 that follow “but if you do not obey Me.” But lest ...
  • Shabbat Emor 5781
    If last week’s Torah reading reminded us of Yom Kippur, then this one should have us thinking about the other holidays on our calendar. After all, we read a good chunk of Parshat Emor on the first days of Sukkot and the second day of Pesah. And it includes the commandment to count the Omer, which we have ...
  • Shabbat Aharei-Mot/Kedoshim 5781
    This week. we read another double Torah portion. Much of Aharei-Mot is familiar to us from Yom Kippur, both morning and afternoon. And then there’s Kedoshim, which includes the moral core of the Hebrew Bible. It’s worth reading carefully, and as you do, you may understand why I chose these songs:   Neil Young   From a movie soundtrack–the clue is in ...
  • Shabbat Tazri’a-Metzora’ 5781
    I hope that you celebrated Yom Ha’atzmaut with pride this week, as we marked 73 years since the birth of the State of Israel, a miracle in our days. I made sure to listened to Israeli music throughout the day, and especially enjoyed the latest Hartman podcast, including my friend Rabbi Joe Schwartz, on the way Israeli ...
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