Editorial & Opinion | Sabbath Week

10/28/2014 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Sabbath Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 5:36 p.m.
Torah: Gen. 12:1-17:27
Haftarah: Isaiah 40:27-41:16
Havdalah: 6:35 p.m.

A war breaks out, four tribal kings battling against five. Lot, Abram’s nephew, is captured, and Abram — his name not yet changed to Abraham — immediately arms and allies a force of his own to rescue Lot. Abram’s allies are victorious and Lot is returned.

10/21/2014 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Sabbath Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 5:46 p.m.
Torah: Gen. 6:9-11:32;
Numbers 28:9-15
Haftarah: Isaiah 66:1-24
Havdalah: 6:44 p.m.

The theme of building is prominent in the early chapters of Genesis. The text presents certain episodes of building as positive, others less favorably.

10/14/2014 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Sabbath Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 5:54 p.m.
Torah: Genesis 1:1-6:7
Haftarah: Isaiah 42:5-43:10
Havdalah: 6:53 p.m.

On Rosh HaShanah we began counting the 5,775th year since the creation of the world. This calculation is predicated upon the primordial first week of creation consisting of seven 24-hour days during which God made everything there is, from light to vegetation to animals to the human being.

10/08/2014 | | Sabbath Week

Ma’aseh sheyaha, as the Rabbis say — “Here’s a story for you.”

10/01/2014 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Sabbath Week

“And Aaron is to come to the Tent of Meeting and remove the linen garments that he had put on before entering the Sanctuary, and he is to leave them there” [Leviticus 16:23].

Not only were these vestments removed, but the clothing that the Kohen Gadol (High Priest) wore when he achieved complete forgiveness for the Jewish People had to be buried. Those clothes were never to be worn again, not by him and not by anyone else. 

09/24/2014 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Sabbath Week

What is the purpose for which the Jewish people have been placed in the world? The answer is to be found within the Massif of Rosh HaShanah: the three blessings of Malchuyot (kingship), Zichronot (remembrances) and Shofarot (the essence of the shofar), each punctuated by the sounds of the shofar; each containing the essence of our faith.