Mother Earth needs a rest. According to our Torah portion this week, the land earns and very much deserves a rest every 7 years. This is known as the shmita year- a year in which the land lays fallow. When we afford the land the opportunity to reinvigorate itself, the nutrients, the very power of the soil comes back to life. We too are commanded in the shmita year to rest, to rejuvenate our spirituality. We are directed to reconnect with our essence and have faith that in taking care of the land we are taking care of our souls, minds, bodies, and spirits. When we do so, our Torah portion tells us, God will literally take care of sustaining us. We shouldn’t look out on that land which lies fallow, wringing our hands with worry and fret- rather we are told to have faith, be optimistic and leave everything to God. The land isn’t ours the shmita year teaches us, we are tenants; what grows forth from any field we should never take for granted. Ever.
Wilshire Boulevard Temple Online
Welcome to WBT@home, our online community where we gather to play, pray, learn, and connect.
Throughout our rich history, the Jewish people have faced times where we could not visit our temples – but found creative ways to keep our culture alive. In that tradition, we are creating Jewish experiences to bring Wilshire Boulevard to you.
Social distancing, so contradictory to our core value of bringing our community together, may keep us physically apart. Yet there has never been a greater need to find ways to come together.
Here at WBT@home, you will find a calendar of events and activities, videos, tips, and articles to help you stay safe, healthy, and connected to our kehillah.
Read more of our weekly Shabbat Messages. Stay tuned for a new message every Friday!
Watch more of our Culture Mavens series to learn about one-of-a-kind experiences related to Judaism meant to entertain, enlighten, and educate.
Want a bigger bite? Read more recipe spotlights from our clergy and congregants or submit your own.
Check out and register for our latest events.
Friday Night & Saturday Morning Services
We are livestreaming our Torah study sessions weekly and offer an option for every age range with our different rabbis and special guests. For resources and to watch our past study sessions, visit our Study@home page.
If you or any of your family members are suffering, please contact Denise Magilnick at email@example.com to reach one of our clergy members for comfort and guidance.
Please remember that our campuses and schools are closed but fully operating online.
You are already familiar with the Temple webpages created to distribute health and safety news and resources. We will continue to update these pages.