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Editorial & Opinion | Sabbath Week

11/26/2012 - 19:00 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Sabbath Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 4:11 p.m.
Torah: Gen. 32:4-36:43
Haftarah: Hosea 11:7-12:12
(Ashkenaz); Book of Obadiah
(Sephard) Havdalah: 5:14 p.m.

Not since he was a fugitive nearly 22 years before had Jacob known such loneliness. In his life there had been no vacuum. With God’s blessing at Beth-El came not one, but four wives, as well as a proliferation of children, livestock, servants, and even angels, keeping him so preoccupied that he barely had a moment to himself. Suddenly it was all threatened.

11/19/2012 - 19:00 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Sabbath Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 4:14 p.m.
Torah: Gen. 28:10-32:3    
Haftarah: Hosea 12:13-14:9
Havdalah: 5:14 p.m.

“Then he heard the words of Laban’s sons, saying, ‘Jacob has taken all that belonged to our father, and from that which belonged to our father, he amassed all this wealth’”[Gen 21:1].

11/13/2012 - 19:00 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Sabbath Week

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

In the aftermath of the storm, despite an experience that feels almost biblical —- darkness where there should be light, water where there should be land, void where there should be teeming life — despite it all, life must go on.

11/12/2012 - 19:00 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Sabbath Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 4:19 p.m.
Torah: Genesis 25:19-28:9
Haftarah: Malachi 1:1-2:7
Havdalah: 5:20 p.m.

Say what you will about what Esau, it is hard to read this week’s sedra without feeling sorry for him. Having traded away his birthright, he now loses his blessing, as well.

10/31/2012 - 20:00 | | Sabbath Week

Shabbat Shalom
Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 5:33 p.m.
Torah: Genesis 18:1-22:24
Haftarah: II Kings 4:1-37
Havdalah: 6:32 p.m.

10/22/2012 - 20:00 | | Sabbath Week

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

Religion, we imagine, is all about faith: we even call religions “faiths,” and have “interfaith dialogues.” But Judaism has no commandment “to have faith.” In Judaism, we are saved not by what we believe but by what we do: ma’asim tovim (“good deeds”).