Sabbath Week

Shabbat, For Body And Soul

09/02/2015
Special To The Jewish Week

Late there has been a spate of articles about how much people work. Those who spend more time at the office are apparently less healthy than those who work moderately.

Rabbi David Wolpe

Transitioning From Desert To Promised Land

09/01/2015
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 7:07 p.m.
Torah: Deut. 26:1-29:8
Haftorah: Isaiah 60:1-22
Havdalah: 8:05 p.m.

‘When you enter into full possession of the Land which the Lord your God is giving to you ... then you shall take of the first fruits … and go to the place that the Lord your God will choose” [Deuteronomy 26:1-2].

Freema Gottlieb

Judging The Rebellious Child

08/25/2015
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 7:18 p.m.
Torah: Deut. 21:10-25:19
Haftorah: Isaiah 54:1-10
Havdalah: 8:17 p.m.            

Rivka Kahan

The Morality Of War

08/18/2015
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 7:28 p.m.
Torah: Deut. 16:18-21:9
Haftorah: Isaiah 51:12-52:12
Havdalah: 8:28 p.m.               

Shlomo Riskin

A Life Of Blessings

08/11/2015
Special To The Jewish Week


Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 7:37 p.m.
Torah: Deut. 11:26-16:17; Numbers 28:9-15
Haftorah: Isaiah 66:1-24
Havdalah: 8:36 p.m.

Neil Fleischmann

Gifts Within The Grace After Meals

08/04/2015
Special To The Jewish Week

The biblical source for thanking God for our worldly gifts is to be found in this week’s portion, Ekev. As preparation of our meals takes a great deal of time and effort, and if our tradition mandates so many laws about permitted and prohibited foods, and if the Talmud devotes a complete chapter to the Grace after Meals, we should study this blessing in depth.

Shlomo Riskin

Tender Mercies: A Time To Comfort

07/28/2015
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 7:55 p.m.
Torah: Deuteronomy 3:23-6:11
Haftorah: Isaiah 40:1-26
Havdalah: 8:59 p.m.

The scene is all too familiar. The husband (let us say) of a friend has died — suddenly, from a massive heart attack — and you are getting out of your car for a shiva call. You thought you might be out together, enjoying a movie this Saturday night. Instead you are visiting on Thursday, and you wonder what to say when you get inside.

Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman

Making Sense Of History

07/21/2015
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 8:01 p.m.
Torah: Deut. 1:1-3:22 (Sat.); Deut. 4:25-40; Exodus 32:11-14; 34:1-10 (Sun.)
Haftorah: Isaiah 1:1-27 (Sat.); Jeremiah 8:13-9:23; Isaiah 55:6-56:8 (Sun.)
Tisha B’av fast begins: 8:18 p.m. (Sat.)
Havdalah: 9:00 p.m. (Sat.); 9:04 p.m. (Sun.)

I recently heard on the radio, “I want kids to learn history the way it really  happened,” regarding a controversy in Texas over what should be recorded in history textbooks. The difficulty? No one is sure what really happened ever; interpretations vary greatly. That’s why Jews are fortunate to have the guidance of Moses and Devarim — the Book of Deuteronomy.  

Beth Kissileff

The Consolation Of ‘The Place’

07/14/2015
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 8:06 p.m.
Torah: Num. 30:2–36:13
Haftorah: Jeremiah 2:4-28; 3:4; 4:1-2
Havdalah: 9:06 p.m.

What unites Jews throughout the world as one nation and one people? What is the most critical factor responsible for our amazing persistence as a unique historical entity, despite being scattered throughout the globe, subject to persecution and pogrom?

Shlomo Riskin

The Violent Passion Of Pinchas

07/08/2015
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Candlelighting: 8:10 p.m.
Torah: Num. 25:10-30:1
Haftorah: I Kings 18:46-19:21
Havdalah: 9:18 p.m.

Jill Hausman
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