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Editorial & Opinion | Sabbath Week

07/26/2016 - 11:58 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Sabbath Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat Candles: 7:55 p.m.
Torah: Num. 25:10-30:1
Haftara: I King 18:46-19:21
Havdalah: 8:55 p.m.

The greatest test of a successful leader may come not while in office, but after.  Many a talented leader failed to preserve their legacy for want of a well-thought out transition. Parashat Pinchas conveys important lessons on creating effective successors.

07/19/2016 - 17:09 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Sabbath Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 8:02 p.m.
Torah: Num. 22:2-35:9
Haftorah: Micah 5:6-6:8
Havdalah: 9:02 p.m.
Tammuz Fast: Sun. 5:46 a.m.-8:19 p.m.

Bil’am, the Aramean prophet who is engaged by the Moabite king Balak to curse Israel — but ends up blessing the Israelites instead — is one of the more colorful, and comic, characters in a Torah replete with colorful characters.

First off, who is Bil’am?

07/12/2016 - 11:42 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Sabbath Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 8:07 p.m.
Torah: Num. 19:1-22:1
Haftarah: Judges 11:1-33
Havdalah: 9:13 p.m.

Why, in this week’s reading, Rashi asks, does the ritual of the red heifer introduce the death narrative of three of Israel’s finest [Numbers 19:2-22]?

07/05/2016 - 13:10 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Sabbath Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
SShabbat candles: 8:11 p.m.
Torah: Num. 16:1-18:32
Haftarah: I Sam. 11:14-12:22
Havdalah: 9:11 p.m.

06/28/2016 - 12:33 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Sabbath Week

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

Once again, we reach the familiar story of the spies (or scouts) dispatched to reconnoiter the land of Canaan. Ten of its 12 members return with the devastating news that Canaan is unconquerable; it is fruitless to go on. The two holdouts, Joshua and Caleb, demur. The land can be ours, they insist; don’t give up.

06/21/2016 - 12:12 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Sabbath Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 8:13 p.m.
Torah: Num. 8:1-12:16
Haftorah: Zechariah 2:14-3:7
Havdalah: 9:13 p.m.

In Beha’alotcha the Israelites start to complain about their situation, wandering in wilderness. This is before they even know the duration of the journey, nor do they know that their generation will not emerge from the wilderness intact.