Sabbath Week

When A Donkey Sees What Wise Men Can’t

06/17/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 8;12 p.m.
Torah: Numbers 22:2- 25:9 
Haftarah: Micah 5:6-6:8
Havdalah: 9:21 p.m.

‘No black magic can be effective against Jacob, and no occult powers against Israel” [Numbers 23:23].

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

A Life That Outlives You

06/10/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 8:10 p.m.
Torah: Numbers 19:1-22:1
Haftarah: Judges 11:1-33
Havdalah: 9:19 p.m.

Look up the word “gaudy” in a dictionary and you will find that it means “garish, showy, vulgarly colorful,” from the Latin, gaudere  “to rejoice.” Citizens of Barcelona may be forgiven for imagining that it comes from the name of their most famous architectural genius, Antoni Gaudí (1852-1926), whose perfectly outrageous riot of color fairly fills the city.

Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman

The Top 50 Rabbis In The Desert

06/03/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 8:04 p.m.
Torah: Num. 16:1-18:32
Haftarah: Isaiah 66:1-64
Havdalah: 9:15 p.m.

A rabbi friend recently joked about the “Top 50 Rabbis in America.” He said he figures he is somewhere around 1,367; Rabbi No. 1364, he says, speaks better than he does, and Rabbi No. 1,368 has visited fewer sick people than he has, so he must be right in between them. He’s hoping that next year he’ll move up to the 1,350s, but who knows? As long as he’s in the Top 2,000, he says, he should be fine.

Abby Sosland

Slandering The Promised Land

05/27/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 8:02 p.m.
Torah: Num. 13:1-15:39
Haftarah: Joshua 2:1-24
Havdalah: 9:10 p.m.

Speech is powerful. In the Bible, unchecked speech can foment punishment, exile, even death. Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses in last week’s parsha, and this week the Miraglim (the 12 scouts/spies) speak against the Promised Land.

Sandra E. Rapoport

Do The Rite Thing

05/20/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 7:56 p.m.
Torah: Num. 8:1-12:16
Haftarah: Zechariah 2:14-4:7
Havdalah: 9:03 p.m.

Freud did not have our sedra specifically in mind when he wrote his treatises on religion, though he would have pointed to its demand that the Passover sacrifice be done “in accordance with all its rules and rites” [Numbers 9:1-5] as evidence of his claim that religion is a caricature of obsessive-compulsive neurosis.

Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman

The Word Is Love

05/13/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 7:49 p.m.
Haftarah: Judges 13:2-25
Torah: Numbers 4:21 p.m.
Havdalah: 8:56 p.m.

Rabbi Neil Fleischmann

The Conversion Of Ruth

05/06/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Candles: 7:43 p.m. (Fri.); 7:47 p.m. (Tue.);
8:52 p.m. (Wed.)
Torah: Numbers 1:1-4:20 (Sat.);
Exodus 19:1-20:23 (Wed.);
Num. 28:26-31 (Shavuot);
Deut. 14:22-16:17 (Thu)
Haftarah: Hosea 2:1-22 (Sat.); Ezekiel 1:1-28 (Wed.);
Habakuk 2:20-3:19 (Thu);
Book of Ruth Havdalah: 8:48 p.m. (Sat.);
8:53 p.m. (Thu.)

Shlomo Riskin

The Letter And The Spirit

04/29/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 7:35 p.m.
Torah: Leviticus 25:1-27:34
Haftarah: Jeremiah 16:19-17:14
Havdalah: 8:39 p.m.

Eugene Korn

Understanding Divine Justice

04/22/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 7:28 p.m.
Torah: Leviticus 21:1-24:23
Haftarah: Ezekiel 44:15-31
Havdalah: 8:31 p.m.

The Hebrew Scriptures have been maligned by much of the Gentile world with negative characterizations painted with broad strokes. The God of the “Old Testament” has been depicted as jealous, vindictive, blood thirsty and cruel. We, on the other hand, think of the Almighty as a loving father and described in terms of His Thirteen Attributes of Mercy that we repeat in the Selichot.

Fred Ehrman

A Perfect Time For A Do-Over

04/15/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 7:21 p.m.
Torah: Leviticus 16:1-20:27
Haftarah: Amos 9:7-15 (Ashkenaz);
Ezekiel 20:2-20 (Sephard)
Havdalah: 8:23 p.m.

This week’s double portion of Achrei Mot/Kedoshim begins with God speaking to Moshe after the death of Aaron’s two sons, and then instructing Moshe and Aaron about the procedures surrounding Yom Kippur.

Dr. Adena Berkowitz
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