Sabbath Week

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

Imprints Of The Divine

02/10/2015
Special To The Jewish Week

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
Special To The Jewish Week

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
Special To The Jewish Week

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
Special To The Jewish Week

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
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