Sabbath Week

The Purpose Of The Jews

09/24/2014
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What is the purpose for which the Jewish people have been placed in the world? The answer is to be found within the Massif of Rosh HaShanah: the three blessings of Malchuyot (kingship), Zichronot (remembrances) and Shofarot (the essence of the shofar), each punctuated by the sounds of the shofar; each containing the essence of our faith.

Shlomo Riskin

Something Different About This Month

09/16/2014
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Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 6:41 p.m.
Torah: Deuteronomy 29:9-31:30
Haftarah: Isaiah 61:10-63:9
Havdalah: 7:38 p.m.

Rosh Hashanah candles: 6:33 p.m. (Wed.); 7:30 p.m. (Thu.)
‘Where there’s a will, there’s a way,” we say, but we are often wrong. It is self-delusion to suppose that if we always make a sound decision, always expend the extra effort, and always do the right thing, we will equally always figure it all out.

Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman

Be My Happy Ending

09/09/2014
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Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 6:53 p.m.
Torah: Deut. 26:1-29:8
Haftarah: Isaiah 60:1-22
Havdalah: 7:51 p.m.

Jews love happy endings, even if we have to compose them ourselves.

Rabbi Moshe Rosenberg

When Is Halachic Divorce Necessary?

09/02/2014
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Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 7:03 p.m.
Torah: Deut. 21:10-25:19  
Haftarah: Deut. 21:10-25:19  
Havdalah: 8:02 p.m.

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

Justice At The Gates

08/26/2014
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Candlelighting, Readings:
Candlelighting: 7:16 p.m.
Torah Reading: Deuteronomy
            16:18-21:9
Haftarah: Isaiah 51:12-52:12
Sabbath Ends: 8:15 p.m.

Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman

Rav Kook’s Different Dimensions

08/19/2014
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Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 7:27 p.m.
Torah: Deut. 11:26-16:17
Haftarah: Isaiah 54:11-55:5
Havdalah: 8:26 p.m

Beth Kissileff

The Two Jerusalems

08/12/2014
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Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 7:37 p.m.
Torah: Deut. 7:12-11:25
Haftarah: Isaiah 49:14-51:3
Havdalah: 8:38 p.m.    

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

What Unites Us With God

08/05/2014
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Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 7:46 p.m.
Torah: Deuteronomy 3:23-7:11
Haftarah: Isaiah 40:1-26
Havdalah: 8:48 p.m.

Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman

The Fifth Book, Told In First-Person

07/29/2014
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Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 7:53 p.m.
Torah: Deut. 1:1-3:22
Haftarah: Isaiah 1:1-27
Havdalah: 8:52 p.m.
Tisha B’Av: Mon. 8:09 p.m.
Fast ends: Tues. 8:45 p.m.

There are two important issues which must be studied when approaching Devarim, this week’s portion, the first theological and the second textual.

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

Moses, Aaron And Models Of Leadership

07/22/2014
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Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 8:01 p.m.
Torah: Numbers 33:1-36:5
Haftarah: Jeremiah 2:4-28;     3:4; 4:1-2
Havdalah: 9:05 p.m.

“And Aaron the High Priest went up to Mount Hor at the word of the Lord and died there…” [Numbers 33:38].

Shlomo Riskin
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