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Editorial & Opinion | Sabbath Week

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

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 5:44 p.m.
Torah: Exodus 30:11-34:35
Haftarah: I Kings 18:1-39 (Ashkenaz); 18:20-39 (Sephard)
Havdalah: 6:34 p.m.

02/24/2015 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Sabbath Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 5:26 p.m.
Torah: Ex. 27:20-30:20;
Deuteronomy 25:17-19
Haftarah: I Samuel 15:1-34
Havdalah: 6:26 p.m.

02/17/2015 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Sabbath Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 5:17 p.m.
Torah: Ex. 25:1­27:19
Haftorah: I Kings 5:26-6:13
Havdalah: 6:19 p.m.

What is the most crucial vehicle for the transmission of our Jewish faith and traditions? Is it the synagogue, the study hall, the community center, the charitable organizations, or none of the above? Let us study the details of two of the major accouterments of the desert Sanctuary and perhaps we will discover the answer.

02/10/2015 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Sabbath Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat Candles: 5:09 p.m.
Torah: Ex. 21:1-24:18
Haftarah: Jeremiah 34:8-22; 33:25-26
Havdalah: 6:11 p.m.

Way back at the burning bush [Exodus 3:6], “Moses hid his face, being afraid to look at God.” And for good reason. As God explains later [Ex. 33:20], “No one can see Me and live.” Yet here [Ex. 24:10], not just Moses, but even the priests and elders, “saw the God of Israel,” who “raised no hand against them.”

02/03/2015 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Sabbath Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 5:00 p.m.
Torah: Ex. 18:1­20:23
Haftarah: Isaiah 6:1-7:6; 9:5-6
Havdalah: 6:03 p.m..

The Covenant between God and Abraham was the National Covenant, a Divine agreement that Abraham’s seed will be eternal, that his descendants will inherit the Land of Israel, and that this nation — despite periods of dreadful persecution and affliction – will eventually bring the glorious light of God to a universe darkened by ignorance, transgression and warfare [Genesis 15].

01/27/2015 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Sabbath Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Candlelighting: 4:52 p.m.
Torah Reading: Exodus 13:17-17:16
Haftarah: Judges 4:4-5.31
                  Judges 5:1-31 (Sephardic)
Havdalah: 5:54 p.m.

We’re used to thinking of time in a linear fashion with a past, present and future. The Torah operates in a different dimension with the past and future blending with the present, and with events in the future sometimes impacting the past.