Editorial & Opinion | Sabbath Week

12/16/2014 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Sabbath Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 4:11 p.m.
(4 Chanukah candles)
Torah: Gen. 41:1- 44:17
Haftorah: I Kings 3:15-4:1
Havdalah: 5:17 p.m.
(5 Chanukah candles)          

One of the most fascinating aspects of the portions we are reading is the extent to which our towering personalities are driven, even obsessed by their dreams. To what extent is it the dream, and not the individual’s merits and actions that determines the recipient of the familial leadership legacy?

12/09/2014 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Sabbath Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 4:10 p.m.
Torah: Genesis 37:1-40:23
Haftorah: Amos 2:6-3:8
Havdalah: 5:14 p.m.

Does history have a purpose, a desired end to which fate and circumstance inevitably tend? Or is there only fate and circumstance, mere random causality that makes us all just insignificant accidents in time? Is history only (in Shakespeare’s words), “a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing”?

12/02/2014 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Sabbath Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 4:10 p.m.
Torah: Gen. 32:4-36:32
Haftorah: Hosea 11:7-12:12 (Ashkenaz); Book of Ovadiah (Sephard)
Havdalah: 5:13 p.m.

TAfter years apart, two brothers meet, hug, and kiss.

11/25/2014 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Sabbath Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 4:11 p.m.
Torah: Gen. 28:10-32:3
Haftarah: Hosea 11:7-14:10 (Sephard);
13:6-14:10 (Ashkenaz)
Havdalah: 5:14 p.m.

11/18/2014 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Sabbath Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 4:16 p.m.
Torah: Gen. 25:19
Haftarah: I Samuel 20:18-42
Havdalah: 5:17 p.m.

A recent Israeli film, “Makom B’Gan Eden” (“A Place in Eden”), tells the story of a young army officer, exhausted and hungry after a military campaign, who trades his place in Heaven for a bowl of shakshuka (spicy poached eggs). The consequences of this “trade” reverberate tragically through the lives and loves of the film’s fathers and sons.

11/11/2014 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Sabbath Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 4:21 p.m.
Torah: Gen. 23:1-25:18
Haftarah: I Kings 1:1-31
Havdalah: 5:22 p.m.

At traditional Jewish weddings the veiling is assumed by the groom, or by some authority like the officiating rabbi. But what is remarkable in this week’s parsha is that the original veiling was undertaken by the bride herself [Genesis 24:65], thus providing the basis for the Ashkenazi ritual of veiling the bride.