Sabbath Week

The Torah: A Non-linear Document

01/27/2015
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Candlelighting, Readings:
Candlelighting: 4:52 p.m.
Torah Reading: Exodus 13:17-17:16
Haftarah: Judges 4:4-5.31
                  Judges 5:1-31 (Sephardic)
Havdalah: 5:54 p.m.

We’re used to thinking of time in a linear fashion with a past, present and future. The Torah operates in a different dimension with the past and future blending with the present, and with events in the future sometimes impacting the past.

Rabbi Zev Brenner

Telling The Eternal Story

01/20/2015
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Candlelighting, Readings:
Candlelighting: 4:44 p.m.
Torah Reading: Exodus 10:1-13:16
Haftarah: Jeremiah 46:13-28
Havdalah: 5:46 p.m. 

Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman

His Brother’s Keeper

01/13/2015
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Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 4:35 p.m.
Torah: Ex. 6:2­9:35
Haftorah: Ezekiel 28:25­29:21
Havdalah: 5:39 p.m. 

What makes Moses, Moses? He is certainly the consummate prophet, the man of God whose code of law commands us to this very day. He took a bedraggled people from slavery into freedom. However, the central characteristic of Moses was his love of the Jewish people.

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

Civil Disobedience in Egypt

01/06/2015
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Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 4:27 p.m.
Torah: Ex. 1:1-6:1
Haftorah: Isaiah 27:6-28:13; 29:22-23 (Ashkenaz); Jeremiah 1:1-2:3
(Sephard) Havdalah: 5:29 p.m.                   

Sandra E. Rapoport

Is My Father Still Alive?

12/30/2014
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Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 4:21 p.m.
Torah: Gen. 47:28-50:26
Haftorah: I Kings 2:1-12
Havdalah: 5:22 p.m.               

Our Torah portion, Vayechi, begins by telling us that Jacob lived in Egypt for 17 years. It describes the concluding days of his life, and we read of the passing of the last of our forefathers: “When Jacob finished instructing his sons, he drew his feet onto his bed and he expired and was gathered to his people” [Genesis, 49:33].

Fred Ehrman

The Three R’s Worth Emulating

12/23/2014
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Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 4:15 p.m.
Torah: Genesis 44:18-47:27
Haftorah: Ezekiel 37:15-28
Havdalah: 5:20 p.m.         

Adena Berkowitz

A Tale Of Two Dreamers

12/16/2014
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Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 4:11 p.m.
(4 Chanukah candles)
Torah: Gen. 41:1- 44:17
Haftorah: I Kings 3:15-4:1
Havdalah: 5:17 p.m.
(5 Chanukah candles)          

One of the most fascinating aspects of the portions we are reading is the extent to which our towering personalities are driven, even obsessed by their dreams. To what extent is it the dream, and not the individual’s merits and actions that determines the recipient of the familial leadership legacy?

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

The Reason Behind History

12/09/2014
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Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 4:10 p.m.
Torah: Genesis 37:1-40:23
Haftorah: Amos 2:6-3:8
Havdalah: 5:14 p.m.

Does history have a purpose, a desired end to which fate and circumstance inevitably tend? Or is there only fate and circumstance, mere random causality that makes us all just insignificant accidents in time? Is history only (in Shakespeare’s words), “a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing”?

Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman

When A Kiss Is Not Just a Kiss

12/02/2014
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Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 4:10 p.m.
Torah: Gen. 32:4-36:32
Haftorah: Hosea 11:7-12:12 (Ashkenaz); Book of Ovadiah (Sephard)
Havdalah: 5:13 p.m.

TAfter years apart, two brothers meet, hug, and kiss.

Rabbi Gidon Rothstein

Two Models Of Love

11/25/2014
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Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 4:11 p.m.
Torah: Gen. 28:10-32:3
Haftarah: Hosea 11:7-14:10 (Sephard);
13:6-14:10 (Ashkenaz)
Havdalah: 5:14 p.m.

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin
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