Sabbath Week

A Sukkot Gathering

Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Candles: 6:18 p.m. (Fri.); 6:15 p.m. (Sun.); 7:14 p.m. (Mon.)
Torah: Exodus 33:12-34:26;
Numbers 29:23-31
Haftorah: Ezekiel 38:18-39:16
Havdalah: 7:17 p.m. (Sat.);
7:12 p.m. (Tues.)

This Sukkot, I have been consumed by two compelling images, one commonplace, the other largely ignored.

The lesser known is called Hakhel (“gather”), the commandment [Deuteronomy 31:9-12] that on every seventh Sukkot, the population gathers to hear “this teaching.”

Lawrence A. Hoffman

The Message In The Rain

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Taking place on the very last day of Moses’ life, Ha’azinu reveals Moses’s conflicted embrace of his own mortality. Moses knows his days are numbered. Despite his passionate, persistent appeals to God, Moses is told that he will not enter the Promised Land with the Children of Israel.

The Gift Of Yom Kippur

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On Rosh HaShanah, the sighing-sobbing sounds (shevarim) of the shofar are the natural response of the Jew to an incomplete, imperfect world. We are entrusted with the mission of bringing down the Divine attributes of loving-kindness and courage, of compassionate righteousness and moral justice, to suffuse society with freedom and peace in order to perfect and complete the world in the Kingship of the Divine.

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

Unbinding The Mystery Of The Akedah

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Contemporary Jews are challenged by it and rabbis stand on their head to justify it. I refer to the Akedah, Rosh HaShanah’s second-day Torah reading chronicling Abraham’s sacrificial binding of his son Isaac on Mount Moriah, and God’s last minute intervention to substitute a ram instead [Genesis 22].

Rabbi Gerald L. Zelizer

Shabbat, For Body And Soul

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Late there has been a spate of articles about how much people work. Those who spend more time at the office are apparently less healthy than those who work moderately.

Rabbi David Wolpe

Transitioning From Desert To Promised Land

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Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 7:07 p.m.
Torah: Deut. 26:1-29:8
Haftorah: Isaiah 60:1-22
Havdalah: 8:05 p.m.

‘When you enter into full possession of the Land which the Lord your God is giving to you ... then you shall take of the first fruits … and go to the place that the Lord your God will choose” [Deuteronomy 26:1-2].

Freema Gottlieb

Judging The Rebellious Child

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Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 7:18 p.m.
Torah: Deut. 21:10-25:19
Haftorah: Isaiah 54:1-10
Havdalah: 8:17 p.m.            

Rivka Kahan

The Morality Of War

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Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 7:28 p.m.
Torah: Deut. 16:18-21:9
Haftorah: Isaiah 51:12-52:12
Havdalah: 8:28 p.m.               

Shlomo Riskin

A Life Of Blessings

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Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 7:37 p.m.
Torah: Deut. 11:26-16:17; Numbers 28:9-15
Haftorah: Isaiah 66:1-24
Havdalah: 8:36 p.m.

Neil Fleischmann

Gifts Within The Grace After Meals

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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.

Shlomo Riskin
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