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Editorial & Opinion | Sabbath Week

04/14/2015 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Sabbath Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 7:19 p.m.
Torah: Leviticus 9:1-11:47
Haftarah: II Samuel 6:1-7:17
Havdalah: 8:20 p.m.

A year before his bar mitzvah, my older brother, Arnie, confronted our parents about a glaring inconsistency. This conversation would ultimately change my  family forever.

04/07/2015 | | Special to The Jewish Week | Sabbath Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Candles: 7:10 p.m. (Thu.); 7:11 p.m. (Fri.)
Torah: Ex. 13:17-15:26 (Fri.); Deuteronomy 14:22-16:17 (Sat.);  Numbers 28:19-25 (both)
Haftorah: II Samuel 22:1-51 (Fri.);
Isaiah 10:32-12:6 (Sat.)
Havdalah: 8:13 p.m.

03/31/2015 | | Special to The Jewish Week | Sabbath Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Candles: 7:04 p.m. (Fri.); 8:04 p.m. (Sat.)
Torah: Ex. 12:21-51 (Sat.); Lev. 22:26-23:44 (Sun.); Num. 28:16-25 (both)
Haftorah: Joshua 3:5-7; 5:2-6:1; 6:27 (Sat.);
II Kings 23:1-9; 21-25 (Sun.)
Last Chametz: Friday10:51 a.m. (eating);
11:55 a.m. (burning)
Havdalah: 8:06 p.m. (Sun.)

03/24/2015 | | Special to The Jewish Week | Sabbath Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Candles: 6:57 p.m.
Torah: Lev. 6:1-8:36
Haftorah: Malachi 3:4-24
Havdalah: 7:57 p.m.

It’s Shabbat Hagadol again, the “Great Shabbat” that precedes the seder. No one knows exactly how this anticipatory Shabbat got its name — no Jewish source uses it until the Middle Ages, by which time, no one remembered what it meant.

03/17/2015 | | Special to The Jewish Week | Sabbath Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candies: 6:49 p.m.
Torah: Lev. 1:-5:26; Exodus 12:1-20
Haftorah: Ezekiel 45:16-46:18
Havdalah: 7:49 p.m.

Vayikra (the first Torah portion in Leviticus) is about intimacy with God, and the responsibilities that come with that intimacy. But to understand what those responsibilities entail, we need to jump back much earlier, to the original state of Divine intimacy. We need to start with Adam and Eve in the Garden.

03/10/2015 | | Special to The Jewish Week | Sabbath Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 6:42 p.m.
Torah: Exodus 35:1-40:38; Numbers 19:1-22                         
Haftarah: Ezekiel 36:16-38
Havdalah: 7:41 p.m.

You shall not kindle a fire in any of your dwellings on the Sabbath’ [Exodus 35:3].