Sabbath Week

The Secrets Of Kavanah

08/09/2011
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:

Shabbat candles: 7:41 p.m.

Torah: Deut. 3:23-7:11

Haftarah: Isaiah 40:1-26

Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman

Moses Finds His Voice

08/02/2011
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 7:50 p.m.
Torah: Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22
Haftarah: Isaiah 1:1-27
Havdalah: 8:52 p.m.

Parashat Devarim opens with a seemingly innocuous statement: “Eleh ha'devarim… These are the words…”

Ora Horn Prouser

Israel’s Unfinished Symphony

07/26/2011
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 7:57 p.m.
Torah: Numbers 33:1-36:13
Haftarah: Jeremiah 2:4-28; 3:4; 4:1-2
Havdalah: 9:01 p.m.

“Command the children of Israel: This is the land which shall fall to you as an inheritance, the land of Canaan and its boundaries” [Numbers 34:2].

Shlomo Riskin

Echoes Of Kol Nidre In Summer

07/19/2011
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 8:04 p.m.
Torah: Numbers 30:2-32:42
Haftarah: Jeremiah 1:1-2:3
Havdalah: 9:08 p.m.

It seems a long way off, but before we know it, summer swelter will give way to autumn cool, and we will be back in synagogue listening to Kol Nidre. The roots of Kol Nidre lie in this week’s parashah, where Moses cautions the people, “If a man makes a vow to the Lord or takes an oath imposing an obligation on himself, he may not break his pledge.”

Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman

Elijah Opens The Door To Love

07/12/2011
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 8:08 p.m.
Torah: Numbers 25:10-30:1

Our parsha begins with the reward that Pinchas receives for his zealotry. It is important to internalize Pinchas’ uniqueness and understand that the special covenant of peace that he received and the many miracles that helped him [Sanhedrin 82b] were given specifically to a person of his rare qualities.

Rabbi Yosef Carmel

Look Who’s Talking

07/05/2011
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Candles: 8:12 p.m.
Torah: Numbers 22:2-25:9
Haftarah: Micha 5:6-6:8
Havdalah: 9:19 p.m.

Whoever has attended a writing workshop knows that the first question to crop up inevitably centers on the viewpoint from which a story is told.

Freema Gottlieb

In Praise Of The New Moon

06/28/2011
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 8:13 p.m.
Torah: Num. 19:1-22:1; Num. 28:9-15 (Sat.);
Num. 28:1-15 (Sun.)
Haftarah: Isaiah 66:1-24
Havdalah: 9:21 p.m.

Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman

The Great Mutiny Against Moses

06/21/2011
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 8:13 p.m.
Torah: Numbers 16:1-18:32
Haftarah: I Samuel 11:14-12:22
Havdalah: 9:22 p.m.

This week’s parsha stands as the paradigm in the Rabbinic tradition for what differentiates arguments that are l’Shem Shamayim (for the sake of Heaven) versus those that are of a pernicious and illegitimate nature.

Adena Berkowitz

The Distance Between Moses And The People

06/14/2011
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Candles: 8:11 p.m.
Torah: Numbers 13:1-15:41
Haftarah: Joshua 2:1-24
Havdalah: 9:20 p.m.

Between the lines of the Bible, we glimpse the difficulties — even tragedy — of Moses, the greatest prophet in history, who sees himself losing the fealty of his people. Moses feels that he is failing to direct the Israelites toward the very goal of the Exodus: the conquest and settlement of the Land of Israel. Where has he gone wrong, and why?

Shlomo Riskin

The Long Way To A Second Chance

06/07/2011

Candlelighting, Readings:
Candlelighting: 8:08 p.m.
Torah Reading: Numbers 8:1-12:16
Haftarah: Zecharia 2:14-3:7
Sabbath Ends: 9:17 p.m.

Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman
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