Editorial & Opinion | Sabbath Week

06/03/2014 | | Special to the Jewish Week | Sabbath Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 8:06 p.m.
Torah: Num. 8:1-12:16
Haftarah: Zechariah 2:14-4:7
Havdalah: 9:07 p.m.

We all know people whose natural inclination is “No.” They avoid setting precedents, take no chances, play it safe, and squelch initiative. But the Jewish People did not make it this far by saying “No” to everything. We made our mark by a repetitive and massive “Yes.” Even when the odds were against success, we insisted that we couldn’t afford not to try.

05/27/2014 | | Sabbath Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 8:01 p.m.
Torah: Numbers 4:21-7:89
Haftarah: Judges 13:2-25
Havdalah: 9:09 p.m.

“The essential is invisible to the eyes.”

— Antoine St Exupery, “The Little Prince”

05/20/2014 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Sabbath Week

Candlelighting, Readings:

Shabbat candles: 7:55 p.m.

Torah: Numbers 1:1-4:20

Haftarah: Hosea 2:1-22

Havdalah: 9:02 p.m.

“And God spoke to Moses in the wilderness of Sinai, in the Tent of Meeting…. ‘Take the sum of all the congregation of the children of Israel, by their families, by their fathers’ houses, according to the number of names….” [Numbers 1:1-2].

05/13/2014 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Sabbath Week

Candlelighting, Readings:

Candlelighting: 7:48 p.m.

Torah Reading: Lev. 26:3-27:34

Haftarah: Jeremiah 16:19-17:14

Sabbath Ends: 8:55 p.m.

05/06/2014 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Sabbath Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 7:42 p.m.
Torah: Lev. 25:1-26:2
Haftarah: Jeremiah 32:6-27
Havdalah: 8:46 p.m.

During the Jubilee, all land is returned to the original owner. Someone who bought the land that now had to be returned might feel disenfranchised, a stranger, in a sense, from land once considered his own: “The land shall not be sold permanently, for the land belongs to Me, for you are strangers and [temporary] residents with Me” [Leviticus 25:23].

04/29/2014 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Sabbath Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 7:34 p.m.
Torah: Leviticus: 21:1-24:23    
Haftarah: Ezekiel 44:15-31
Haftarah: 8:38 p.m.

What is the most important quality for a religious leader — a sharp mind or a sensitive heart, a commitment to study or a commitment to loving-kindness?