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Editorial & Opinion | Sabbath Week

07/08/2014 | | Special to the Jewish Week | Sabbath Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 8:28 p.m.
Torah: Num. 25:10-30:1
Haftarah: I Kings 18:46-19:21
Havdalah: 8:27 p.m.

Could the dead be heirs to the living? This is an idea Rashi casually lets drop when it comes to the division of the land. This radical discovery provides the key to this week’s parsha.

07/01/2014 | | Special to the Jewish Week | Sabbath Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 8:12 p.m.
Torah: Num. 22:2- 25:9
Haftarah: Micha 5:6-6:8
Havdalah: 9:12 p.m.

06/24/2014 | | Special to the Jewish Week | Sabbath Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 8:13 p.m.
Torah: Numbers 19:1-22:1; 28:9-15
Haftarah: Isaiah 66:1-24
Havdalah: 9:13 p.m.

How will I die? What (if anything) happens to me (if there even still is a “me”) next? How will my death impact those I leave behind? The Talmud asks these questions in response to the death of Miriam and Aaron, part of this week’s sedra.

06/17/2014 | | Special to the Jewish Week | Sabbath Week

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

‘Rocky” is my favorite movie of all time, a tale of an underdog boxer with incredible determination, getting a shot at the title. Against all odds, Rocky’s goal is to “go the distance,” to still be standing strong at the end of the fight.

06/10/2014 | | Special to the Jewish Week | Sabbath Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 8:10 p.m.
Torah: Numbers 13:1-15:41            
Haftarah: Joshua 2:1-24
Havdalah: 9:19 p.m.

“And the Lord spoke to Moses saying ‘Send forth for yourself men to explore the land of Canaan…’” [Numbers 13:1-2].

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.