19 Sep Rabbi Hillel Skolnik’s Torah Spark for Rosh HaShanah Days 1 & 2 – Shabbat Shuva 5777
Torah Spark for Ha’azinu 5778 – Shabbat Shuvah
This Shabbat we read from Parashat Ha’azinu which includes in it Moshe’s farewell song to the Israelite people. It is true that this long poem is not all about the skies being blue and the future being bright. Moshe is as honest as he has been all throughout Deuteronomy about the future that lays ahead – one that the Israelites have the power to control their actions. What is also interesting to note is that depending on the way the calendar falls, Ha’azinu is sometimes read before Yom Kippur and sometimes after, but always in the new year. It teaches us that even if it takes us a little extra time, beginning the new year with song is a beautiful and spiritual way to start. Having sung so many melodies over Rosh Hashanah, it is always wonderful to hear the Shabbat melodies we know and love as we prepare for Yom Kippur next weekend. I look forward to singing with each of you in the coming days and weeks.
Rabbi Hillel Skolnik