29 Jan Rabbi Hillel Skolnik’s Torah Spark for Parashat B’shalach – Shabbat Shirah 5775
This Shabbat we read from Parashat B’shalach in which the Israelites finally escape the far reaches of their Egyptian slave masters after God splits open the Sea of Reeds allowing the Israelites to walk through before the Egyptian chariots are drowned in the water. Immediately following this miracle, Moshe sings “Shirat Hayam – the Song of the Sea” which is then echoed by his sister, Miriam. Given the singing that takes place in this week’s parasha, the Shabbat on which we read Shirat Hayam is known as “Shabbat Shirah – the Shabbat of Song”. How appropriate it is that this year, as we mark Shabbat Shirah, we also honor Cantor Doug Ramsay who for thirteen years has led us in song and in so many other ways. Everyone is invited to join us over Shabbat as we enjoy his wonderful and melodic leading of our services. The oneg on Friday evening and special kiddush luncheon are sponsored in his honor and we will also have the chance to shower him with candy after he chants the haftarah. I hope you will all join me in celebrating this wonderful milestone with this wonderful man.
Rabbi Hillel Skolnik