Sabbath Week

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

The War Between Weapons And Words

07/15/2014
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Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat Candles: 8:05 p.m.
Torah: Numbers 30:2-32:42
Haftarah: Jeremiah 1:1-2:3
Havdalah: 9:05 p.m.

This week’s parashah contains one of the most troubling episodes in all of Torah.

Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman

The Reincarnations Of Pinchas/Elijah

07/08/2014
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Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 8:28 p.m.
Torah: Num. 25:10-30:1
Haftarah: I Kings 18:46-19:21
Havdalah: 8:27 p.m.

Could the dead be heirs to the living? This is an idea Rashi casually lets drop when it comes to the division of the land. This radical discovery provides the key to this week’s parsha.

Freema Gottlieb

Balaam’s Unlikely Prophecy

07/01/2014
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Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 8:12 p.m.
Torah: Num. 22:2- 25:9
Haftarah: Micha 5:6-6:8
Havdalah: 9:12 p.m.

Shlomo Riskin

An Understanding Of Death

06/24/2014
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Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 8:13 p.m.
Torah: Numbers 19:1-22:1; 28:9-15
Haftarah: Isaiah 66:1-24
Havdalah: 9:13 p.m.

How will I die? What (if anything) happens to me (if there even still is a “me”) next? How will my death impact those I leave behind? The Talmud asks these questions in response to the death of Miriam and Aaron, part of this week’s sedra.

Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman

Korach vs. Moses: A Biblical Brawl

06/17/2014
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Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 8:12 p.m.
Torah: Num. 16:1-18:32
Haftarah: I Samuel 11:14-12:22
Havdalah: 9:12 p.m.

‘Rocky” is my favorite movie of all time, a tale of an underdog boxer with incredible determination, getting a shot at the title. Against all odds, Rocky’s goal is to “go the distance,” to still be standing strong at the end of the fight.

Rabbi Charles Savenor

Love, Intimacy And Paradise Regained

06/10/2014
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Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 8:10 p.m.
Torah: Numbers 13:1-15:41            
Haftarah: Joshua 2:1-24
Havdalah: 9:19 p.m.

“And the Lord spoke to Moses saying ‘Send forth for yourself men to explore the land of Canaan…’” [Numbers 13:1-2].

Shlomo Riskin

The Secret Of The Eternal Light

06/03/2014
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Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 8:06 p.m.
Torah: Num. 8:1-12:16
Haftarah: Zechariah 2:14-4:7
Havdalah: 9:07 p.m.

We all know people whose natural inclination is “No.” They avoid setting precedents, take no chances, play it safe, and squelch initiative. But the Jewish People did not make it this far by saying “No” to everything. We made our mark by a repetitive and massive “Yes.” Even when the odds were against success, we insisted that we couldn’t afford not to try.

Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman

The Blessings With Love And Jealousy

05/27/2014
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Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 8:01 p.m.
Torah: Numbers 4:21-7:89
Haftarah: Judges 13:2-25
Havdalah: 9:09 p.m.

“The essential is invisible to the eyes.”

— Antoine St Exupery, “The Little Prince”

Beth Kissileff

The King Is In His Counting House

05/20/2014
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Candlelighting, Readings:

Shabbat candles: 7:55 p.m.

Torah: Numbers 1:1-4:20

Haftarah: Hosea 2:1-22

Havdalah: 9:02 p.m.

“And God spoke to Moses in the wilderness of Sinai, in the Tent of Meeting…. ‘Take the sum of all the congregation of the children of Israel, by their families, by their fathers’ houses, according to the number of names….” [Numbers 1:1-2].

Rabbi Neil Fleischmann
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