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Shabbat Shirah - The Shabbat of Song

01/11/2022 09:28:58 AM

Jan11

Chevre, (Friends),

This week's parasha, Beshallach, contains an integral reading for the Jewish people, it is the Song at the Sea, (Shirat haYam), and, even the sight of it, as it is written in the scroll, looks like ocean waves! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Song_of_the_Sea#/media/File:Song_of_the_sea.jpg

This Shabbat has come to be called The Shabbat of Song, because of the importance of the song played on timbrels and sung by Miriam, and the women who journeyed with her. We chant specific parts of it with a special "traveling melody" and we chant this reading twice during the Jewish year: during parashat Beshallach, (this coming Shabbat), and, not surprisingly, on the first day of Pesach (Passover), when the theme of this reading coincides with our Torah reading directly.

This reading, is so important, that it is included in our weekday liturgy, and, in many congregations, it is sung each morning, in its entirety! Just a small portion is included in our daily liturgy and it is so well known that it is often one of the only sections where almost everyone "chimes in": Mi chamocha ba'eilim Adonai....."

The power of song to keep a central theme running through our Jewish prayer: Adonai yimloch l'olam va'ed. (G-d shall reign throughout all time.)

Tue, January 18 2022 16 Shevat 5782