Sabbath Week

A Sense Of Kashrut And Tragedy

03/17/2014 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 6:50 p.m.
Torah: Leviticus 9:1-11:47;
Numbers 19:1-22
Haftarah: Ezekiel 36:16-38
Havdalah: 7:50 p.m.

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

Afternoon In The Desert

03/10/2014 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 6:43 p.m.
Torah: Lev. 6:1-8:36;
Deuteronomy 25:17-19
Haftarah: I Samuel 15:1-34
Havdalah: 7:42 p.m.

Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman

The Soul And The Great Sacrifice

03/03/2014 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Candelighting: 5:35 p.m.
Torah: Lev. 1:1-5:26
Haftarah: Isaiah 43:21-44:23
Havdalah: 6:35 p.m.

J.J. Gross

When Religion Is More Paradox Than Paradise

02/24/2014 - 19:00
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Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 5:27 p.m.
Torah: Ex. 38:21-40:38
Haftarah: I Kings 7:51-8:21
(Ashkenaz); 7:40-50 (Sephard)
Havdalah: 6:27 p.m.

Shlomo Riskinn

The Two-Faced Cherubs

02/17/2014 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 5:19 p.m.
Torah: Exodus 35: 1- 38:20
Haftarah: I Kings 7:40-50 (Ashkenaz); 7:13-26 (Sephard)
Havdalah: 6:21 p.m.

Bezalel “made two golden cherubs… their wings outstretched upward so as to shield the ark-cover with their wings; they faced one another…” [Exodus 37:8-9].

Shlomo Riskinn

A Tale Of Two Brothers

02/10/2014 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 5:11 p.m.
Torah: Ex. 30:11-34:35
Haftarah: I Kings 18:1-39
Havdalah: 6:11 p.m.

Ora Horn Prouser

The Essence Of Jewish Royalty

02/03/2014 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 5:02 p.m.
Torah: Ex. 27:30-30:10
Haftarah: Ezekiel 43:10-27
Havdalah: 6:03 p.m.

Rabbi Jill Hausman

Blessings Of The New Moon

01/27/2014 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 4:53 p.m.
Torah: Exodus 25:1-27:19; Numbers 28:9-15
Haftarah: Isaiah 66:1-24
Havdalah: 5:55 p.m.

Is there anything new under the sun? Ecclesiastes thought not. “One generation goes and another comes, but the earth remains the same forever.” But Ecclesiastes was jaded, cynical, skeptical, and misanthropic to boot.

Judaism, by contrast, insists that the proper answer to, “What’s new?” is not, “Same old, same old,” but, “This morning I awakened to a brand new day.”

Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman

The Question Of Rabbinic Courts Or Secular Ones

01/20/2014 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat Candles: 4:45 p.m.
Torah: Ex. 21:1­ 24:18
Haftarah: Jeremiah 34:8-22; 33:25-26
Havdalah: 5:47 p.m.

If two religiously observant Jews are engaged in a disagreement that has financial ramifications, are they permitted to go to a secular court to arbitrate their dispute or must they go to a religious or rabbinic court (beit din)? Is the law different in Israel, which has both religious and secular court systems but where even the secular court judges are Jewish? And if, indeed, Jews are religiously ordained to go exclusively to a beit din, why is this so? After all, the nonreligious judicial system in Israel and the secular courts in America are certainly fair and equitable.

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

Flying High On Eagles’ Wings

01/13/2014 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Sabbath candles: 4:37 p.m.
Torah readings: Exodus 18:1-20:23
Haftarah: Isaiah 6:1-7:6; 9:5-6
Shabbat ends: 5:40 p.m.

Torah is poetry. Parshat Yitro contains one of the most beautiful examples of the sophisticated metaphorical language of our Torah: “You, yourselves, have seen what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on kanfei nesharim — eagle’’ wings — and brought you to Me” [Exodus 19:4].

Rabbi Neil Fleischmann
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