Sabbath Week

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

The Sanctity Of Family And Childbirth

03/24/2014 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 6:59 p.m.
Torah: Lev. 12:1-13:59;
Exodus 12:1-20
Haftarah: Ezekiel 45:16-46:18
Havdalah: 7:59 p.m.

This week’s reading is not only difficult because of its subject matter but also because of the strange order of the verses and chapters.

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

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
Special To The Jewish Week

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
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