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08/03/2015 - 20:00 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Sabbath Week

The biblical source for thanking God for our worldly gifts is to be found in this week’s portion, Ekev. As preparation of our meals takes a great deal of time and effort, and if our tradition mandates so many laws about permitted and prohibited foods, and if the Talmud devotes a complete chapter to the Grace after Meals, we should study this blessing in depth.

07/27/2015 - 20:00 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Sabbath Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 7:55 p.m.
Torah: Deuteronomy 3:23-6:11
Haftorah: Isaiah 40:1-26
Havdalah: 8:59 p.m.

The scene is all too familiar. The husband (let us say) of a friend has died — suddenly, from a massive heart attack — and you are getting out of your car for a shiva call. You thought you might be out together, enjoying a movie this Saturday night. Instead you are visiting on Thursday, and you wonder what to say when you get inside.

07/20/2015 - 20:00 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Sabbath Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 8:01 p.m.
Torah: Deut. 1:1-3:22 (Sat.); Deut. 4:25-40; Exodus 32:11-14; 34:1-10 (Sun.)
Haftorah: Isaiah 1:1-27 (Sat.); Jeremiah 8:13-9:23; Isaiah 55:6-56:8 (Sun.)
Tisha B’av fast begins: 8:18 p.m. (Sat.)
Havdalah: 9:00 p.m. (Sat.); 9:04 p.m. (Sun.)

I recently heard on the radio, “I want kids to learn history the way it really  happened,” regarding a controversy in Texas over what should be recorded in history textbooks. The difficulty? No one is sure what really happened ever; interpretations vary greatly. That’s why Jews are fortunate to have the guidance of Moses and Devarim — the Book of Deuteronomy.  

07/13/2015 - 20:00 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Sabbath Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 8:06 p.m.
Torah: Num. 30:2–36:13
Haftorah: Jeremiah 2:4-28; 3:4; 4:1-2
Havdalah: 9:06 p.m.

What unites Jews throughout the world as one nation and one people? What is the most critical factor responsible for our amazing persistence as a unique historical entity, despite being scattered throughout the globe, subject to persecution and pogrom?

07/07/2015 - 20:00 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Sabbath Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Candlelighting: 8:10 p.m.
Torah: Num. 25:10-30:1
Haftorah: I Kings 18:46-19:21
Havdalah: 9:18 p.m.

06/29/2015 - 20:00 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Sabbath Week

The primary image of this parasha is of Bilaam — foremost sorcerer of the age, says Ramban — riding a talking donkey on his way to meet with King Balak of Moav. What does this episode mean?