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Blessings Before And After

06/11/2014
Special To The Jewish Week

The Talmud teaches us (Berachot, 21a) that the requirement to say a blessing after a meal comes from a verse in the Torah (Deuteronomy 8:10), and to recite it before the meal comes from a logical imperative. But the reverse is true with Torah study; the source for reciting a blessing before is from a verse (Deut. 32:3).

Rabbi David Wolpe

Love, Intimacy And Paradise Regained

06/10/2014
Special to the Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 8:10 p.m.
Torah: Numbers 13:1-15:41            
Haftarah: Joshua 2:1-24
Havdalah: 9:19 p.m.

“And the Lord spoke to Moses saying ‘Send forth for yourself men to explore the land of Canaan…’” [Numbers 13:1-2].

Shlomo Riskin

The Secret Of The Eternal Light

06/03/2014
Special to the Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 8:06 p.m.
Torah: Num. 8:1-12:16
Haftarah: Zechariah 2:14-4:7
Havdalah: 9:07 p.m.

We all know people whose natural inclination is “No.” They avoid setting precedents, take no chances, play it safe, and squelch initiative. But the Jewish People did not make it this far by saying “No” to everything. We made our mark by a repetitive and massive “Yes.” Even when the odds were against success, we insisted that we couldn’t afford not to try.

Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman
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