Song and music are, and always have been central to our tradition. The Torah describes in ParshatVayeilech how … “Moses wrote the song …“Vayichtov Moshe et hashira hazot … vayelamda et Bnei Yisrael … and taught it to the Children of Israel.” It continues, … “and Moses addressed the words of this song to the assembled Israelites.”
However, it is the Shabbat on which ParshatBeshallach is chanted, that is named ShabbatShira, the Sabbath of Song, since it highlights the spontaneous and exultant Israelites “Song of the Sea”, following their miraculous redemption at the crossing of the Reed Sea.
I interpret the Songs opening verse “Az yashir Moshe u’v’neiy Yisrael et hashira hazot … then, Moses and the Children of Israel WILL sing this song,” as a musical clarion call from our past, a timeless invitation to connect us through new and inspirational participatory song, with our liturgy and heritage.
Joining us on Shabbat Shira are the children of our KSDS choir and members of KolRinah with whom, together, we will celebrate the beauty of our heritage and the vitality of its ever evolving and expanding musical traditions.