Sabbath Week

The Feedback Loop

04/21/2015
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Torah: Lev. 12:1-15:31
Haftorah: II Kings 7:3-20
Havdalah: 8:29 p.m

Beth Kissileff

The Night That Changed Everything

A rabbi recalls the little boy he was, saying a tearful goodbye to his favorite TV dinners when his family decided to become more observant.

04/14/2015
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 7:19 p.m.
Torah: Leviticus 9:1-11:47
Haftarah: II Samuel 6:1-7:17
Havdalah: 8:20 p.m.

A year before his bar mitzvah, my older brother, Arnie, confronted our parents about a glaring inconsistency. This conversation would ultimately change my  family forever.

Rabbi Charles Savenor

The Sacred Silence

04/07/2015
Special to The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Candles: 7:10 p.m. (Thu.); 7:11 p.m. (Fri.)
Torah: Ex. 13:17-15:26 (Fri.); Deuteronomy 14:22-16:17 (Sat.);  Numbers 28:19-25 (both)
Haftorah: II Samuel 22:1-51 (Fri.);
Isaiah 10:32-12:6 (Sat.)
Havdalah: 8:13 p.m.

Shlomo Riskin

Opening Doors For The Rebel

03/31/2015
Special to The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Candles: 7:04 p.m. (Fri.); 8:04 p.m. (Sat.)
Torah: Ex. 12:21-51 (Sat.); Lev. 22:26-23:44 (Sun.); Num. 28:16-25 (both)
Haftorah: Joshua 3:5-7; 5:2-6:1; 6:27 (Sat.);
II Kings 23:1-9; 21-25 (Sun.)
Last Chametz: Friday10:51 a.m. (eating);
11:55 a.m. (burning)
Havdalah: 8:06 p.m. (Sun.)

Shlomo Riskin

Time To Study The Seder

03/24/2015
Special to The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Candles: 6:57 p.m.
Torah: Lev. 6:1-8:36
Haftorah: Malachi 3:4-24
Havdalah: 7:57 p.m.

It’s Shabbat Hagadol again, the “Great Shabbat” that precedes the seder. No one knows exactly how this anticipatory Shabbat got its name — no Jewish source uses it until the Middle Ages, by which time, no one remembered what it meant.

Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman

The Obligations of Intimacy

03/17/2015
Special to The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candies: 6:49 p.m.
Torah: Lev. 1:-5:26; Exodus 12:1-20
Haftorah: Ezekiel 45:16-46:18
Havdalah: 7:49 p.m.

Vayikra (the first Torah portion in Leviticus) is about intimacy with God, and the responsibilities that come with that intimacy. But to understand what those responsibilities entail, we need to jump back much earlier, to the original state of Divine intimacy. We need to start with Adam and Eve in the Garden.

Abe Mezrich

Fire On Shabbat

03/10/2015
Special to The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 6:42 p.m.
Torah: Exodus 35:1-40:38; Numbers 19:1-22                         
Haftarah: Ezekiel 36:16-38
Havdalah: 7:41 p.m.

You shall not kindle a fire in any of your dwellings on the Sabbath’ [Exodus 35:3].

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

How A Liberal Jew Makes Shabbat Decisions

03/03/2015
Special to The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 5:44 p.m.
Torah: Exodus 30:11-34:35
Haftarah: I Kings 18:1-39 (Ashkenaz); 18:20-39 (Sephard)
Havdalah: 6:34 p.m.

Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman

Body And Soul

02/24/2015
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 5:26 p.m.
Torah: Ex. 27:20-30:20;
Deuteronomy 25:17-19
Haftarah: I Samuel 15:1-34
Havdalah: 6:26 p.m.

Rabbi Neil Fleischmann

The Riddle Of The Cherubs

02/17/2015
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 5:17 p.m.
Torah: Ex. 25:1­27:19
Haftorah: I Kings 5:26-6:13
Havdalah: 6:19 p.m.

What is the most crucial vehicle for the transmission of our Jewish faith and traditions? Is it the synagogue, the study hall, the community center, the charitable organizations, or none of the above? Let us study the details of two of the major accouterments of the desert Sanctuary and perhaps we will discover the answer.

Shlomo Riskin
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