Sabbath Week

The Call Of The God Of History

01/31/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 4:57 p.m.
Torah: Exodus 13:17-17:16    
Haftarah: Judges 4:4-5:312 (Ashkenaz);
5:1-31 (Sephard)
Havdalah: 6:01 p.m.         
                                               

Shlomo Riskin

Reparations From Egypt

01/24/2012

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 4:49 p.m.
Torah: Exodus 10:1-13:16
Haftarah: Jeremiah 46:13-28
Havdalah: 5:51 p.m.

Our sedra features one of the most troubling episodes in all of Torah: the so-called despoiling of the Egyptians. Back in Exodus 3, the Israelites are promised that they will leave Egypt not just with their freedom but with great wealth. “You shall strip the Egyptians bare,” goes the promise, in the colloquial English of today.

Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman

Leaving Isn’t So Easy

01/17/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 4:40 p.m.
Torah: Exodus 6:2-9:35
Haftarah: Ezekiel 28:25-29:21
Havdalah: 5:43 p.m.

“And Egypt shall know that I am God when I stretch My hand over Egypt: and I shall take the Children of Israel out from among them” [Exodus 7: 5]

Shlomo Riskin

Leaving Isn’t So Easy

01/17/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 4:40 p.m.
Torah: Exodus 6:2-9:35
Haftarah: Ezekiel 28:25-29:21
Havdalah: 5:43 p.m.

“And Egypt shall know that I am God when I stretch My hand over Egypt: and I shall take the Children of Israel out from among them” [Exodus 7: 5]

Shlomo Riskin

Living Mouth To Hand

01/10/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 4:32 p.m.
Torah reading: Exodus 1:1-6:1
Haftarah: Isaiah 27:6-28:13; 29:22-23 (Ashkenaz);
Jeremiah 1:1-2:3 (Sephard)
Havdalah: 5:36 p.m.

Rabbi Peretz Rodman

When Universalist Truths Are Particular

01/03/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 4:25 p.m.
Torah: Genesis 47:28-50:26
Haftarah: I Kings 2:1-12
Havdalah: 5:29 p.m.

Few biblical prophecies have generated as much heat as this week’s blessing of Judah: “The scepter shall not depart from Judah nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet.” The verse following, however, adds the caveat, ad sheyavo shiloh, and therein lies the problem.

Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman

The Reconciliation Of Hellenism And Judaism

12/20/2011
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 4:14 p.m.
Torah: Gen. 41:1–44:17; Numbers 7:30-41
Haftarah: Zechariah 2:14-4:7
Havdalah: 5:18 p.m.

Shlomo Riskin

Sins, Crimes And Absolute Morality

12/13/2011

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 4:11 p.m.
Torah: Genesis 37:1-40:23
Haftarah: Amos 2:6-3:8
Havdalah: 5:15 p.m.

The Joseph story is one of the Bible’s finest literary achievements. The sedras that make up its chapters end at moments of tension that make it practically impossible to wait for the next installment. Much of the vocabulary is found nowhere else in the Bible. Words are carefully selected to deepen the plot line, and the Midrash adds layers of interpretation that enhance the story’s genius.

Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman

The Romance Of Jacob And Rachel

11/29/2011
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 4:11 p.m.
Torah: Genesis 28:10-32:3
Haftarah: Hosea 11:17-12:14
(Sephard); 12:13-14:10 (Ashkenaz)
Havdalah: 5:14 p.m.

Freema Gottlieb

Whose Child Is This?

11/22/2011
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 4:14 p.m.
Torah: Genesis 25:19-28:9
Haftarah: I Samuel 20:18-42
Havdalah: 5:15 p.m.

One of the very worst of the curses in Deuteronomy 28 is that “you will bear children and they will not be yours” [Deut. 28:41]. This week’s portion of Toldot is very much concerned with the question of whose children will Jacob and Esau be — Isaac or Rebecca’s? — and what kind of continuity will there be between the generations.

Beth Kissileff
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