Sabbath Week

Love, Intimacy And Paradise Regained

06/09/2014 - 20:00
Special to the Jewish Week

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

06/02/2014 - 20:00
Special to the Jewish Week

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

05/26/2014 - 20:00

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

05/19/2014 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

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

The Blessing Of Mysterious Curses

05/12/2014 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:

Candlelighting: 7:48 p.m.

Torah Reading: Lev. 26:3-27:34

Haftarah: Jeremiah 16:19-17:14

Sabbath Ends: 8:55 p.m.

Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman

A Stranger In God’s Country

05/05/2014 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 7:42 p.m.
Torah: Lev. 25:1-26:2
Haftarah: Jeremiah 32:6-27
Havdalah: 8:46 p.m.

During the Jubilee, all land is returned to the original owner. Someone who bought the land that now had to be returned might feel disenfranchised, a stranger, in a sense, from land once considered his own: “The land shall not be sold permanently, for the land belongs to Me, for you are strangers and [temporary] residents with Me” [Leviticus 25:23].

Freema Gottlieb

Qualities Of Religious Leadership

04/28/2014 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 7:34 p.m.
Torah: Leviticus: 21:1-24:23    
Haftarah: Ezekiel 44:15-31
Haftarah: 8:38 p.m.

What is the most important quality for a religious leader — a sharp mind or a sensitive heart, a commitment to study or a commitment to loving-kindness?

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

Rabbi Akiva’s Essential Verse Of Torah

04/22/2014 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 7:27 p.m.
Torah: Lev. 19:1-20:27
Haftarah: Amos 9:7-15 (Ashkenaz); Ezekiel 20:2-20 (Sephard)
Havdalah: 8:30 p.m.

Fred Ehrman

The Mysterious Death Of Aaron’s Sons

04/07/2014 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 7:12 p.m. (Fri.); 7:15 p.m. (Mon.); 8:17 p.m. (Tue.)
Last chametz: 10:43 a.m.; burn by 11:49 a.m. (Mon.)
Torah: Leviticus 16:1-18:30
Haftarah: Malachi 3:4-24
Havdalah: 8:13 p.m. (Sat.);
8:18 p.m. (Wed.)

Adena Berkowitz

When Words Can Be Contagious

03/31/2014 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 7:05 p.m.
Torah: Leviticus 14:1-15:33
Haftarah: II Kings 7:3-20
Havdalah: 8:06 p.m.

Isolation is a terrible thing. Our Rabbis differentiated people from other forms of life by calling human beings m’daber — the species that speaks. We require conversation no less than we do food and water. Talk is food for the soul.

Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman
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