Sabbath Week

How A Liberal Jew Makes Shabbat Decisions

03/03/2015
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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
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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
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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

Imprints Of The Divine

02/10/2015
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Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat Candles: 5:09 p.m.
Torah: Ex. 21:1-24:18
Haftarah: Jeremiah 34:8-22; 33:25-26
Havdalah: 6:11 p.m.

Way back at the burning bush [Exodus 3:6], “Moses hid his face, being afraid to look at God.” And for good reason. As God explains later [Ex. 33:20], “No one can see Me and live.” Yet here [Ex. 24:10], not just Moses, but even the priests and elders, “saw the God of Israel,” who “raised no hand against them.”

Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman

The Covenant At Sinai

02/03/2015
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Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 5:00 p.m.
Torah: Ex. 18:1­20:23
Haftarah: Isaiah 6:1-7:6; 9:5-6
Havdalah: 6:03 p.m..

The Covenant between God and Abraham was the National Covenant, a Divine agreement that Abraham’s seed will be eternal, that his descendants will inherit the Land of Israel, and that this nation — despite periods of dreadful persecution and affliction – will eventually bring the glorious light of God to a universe darkened by ignorance, transgression and warfare [Genesis 15].

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

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
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