Sabbath Week

Hungry For A Blessing

11/18/2014
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Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 4:16 p.m.
Torah: Gen. 25:19
Haftarah: I Samuel 20:18-42
Havdalah: 5:17 p.m.

A recent Israeli film, “Makom B’Gan Eden” (“A Place in Eden”), tells the story of a young army officer, exhausted and hungry after a military campaign, who trades his place in Heaven for a bowl of shakshuka (spicy poached eggs). The consequences of this “trade” reverberate tragically through the lives and loves of the film’s fathers and sons.

Sandra E. Rapoport

The Veiling Of Rivka

11/11/2014
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Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 4:21 p.m.
Torah: Gen. 23:1-25:18
Haftarah: I Kings 1:1-31
Havdalah: 5:22 p.m.

At traditional Jewish weddings the veiling is assumed by the groom, or by some authority like the officiating rabbi. But what is remarkable in this week’s parsha is that the original veiling was undertaken by the bride herself [Genesis 24:65], thus providing the basis for the Ashkenazi ritual of veiling the bride.

Freema Gottlieb

Ways Of Seeing And Asking

11/04/2014
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Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 4:28 p.m.
Torah: Gen. 18:1-22:24
Haftarah: II Kings 4:1-37
Havdalah: 5:28 p.m.

Beth Kissileff

The Road To Jerusalem

10/28/2014
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Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 5:36 p.m.
Torah: Gen. 12:1-17:27
Haftarah: Isaiah 40:27-41:16
Havdalah: 6:35 p.m.

A war breaks out, four tribal kings battling against five. Lot, Abram’s nephew, is captured, and Abram — his name not yet changed to Abraham — immediately arms and allies a force of his own to rescue Lot. Abram’s allies are victorious and Lot is returned.

Rabbi Jill Hausman

Eve And The Tower of Babel

10/21/2014
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Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 5:46 p.m.
Torah: Gen. 6:9-11:32;
Numbers 28:9-15
Haftarah: Isaiah 66:1-24
Havdalah: 6:44 p.m.

The theme of building is prominent in the early chapters of Genesis. The text presents certain episodes of building as positive, others less favorably.

Rachel Friedman

Was Creation Really Seven Days?

10/14/2014
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Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 5:54 p.m.
Torah: Genesis 1:1-6:7
Haftarah: Isaiah 42:5-43:10
Havdalah: 6:53 p.m.

On Rosh HaShanah we began counting the 5,775th year since the creation of the world. This calculation is predicated upon the primordial first week of creation consisting of seven 24-hour days during which God made everything there is, from light to vegetation to animals to the human being.

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

A Culture Of Honor

10/08/2014
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Ma’aseh sheyaha, as the Rabbis say — “Here’s a story for you.”

Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman

Secrets Of The Holy Day

10/01/2014
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“And Aaron is to come to the Tent of Meeting and remove the linen garments that he had put on before entering the Sanctuary, and he is to leave them there” [Leviticus 16:23].

Not only were these vestments removed, but the clothing that the Kohen Gadol (High Priest) wore when he achieved complete forgiveness for the Jewish People had to be buried. Those clothes were never to be worn again, not by him and not by anyone else. 

Rabbi Neal Fleischmann

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
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