Sabbath Week

A Biblical Sense Of Illness

04/05/2016 - 13:16
Special To The Jewish Week

Shabbat Candles: 7:10 p.m.
Torah: Leviticus 12:1-13:59; Exodus 12:1-20
Haftorah: Ezekiel 45:16-46:18
Havdalah: 8:12 p.m

What does one do with a sedra that reads like a disappointing chapter in a medieval physician’s almanac: first, the forms of blood impurity following childbirth; then, the treatment, diagnosis, and transmission of skin disease (usually translated as leprosy)?

Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman

A Genesis Reprise In Leviticus

03/29/2016 - 11:57
Special To The Jewish Week

Shabbat candles: 7:03 p.m.
Torah: Lev. 9:1-11:47; Numbers 19:1-22
Haftorah: Ezekiel 36:16-38
Havdalah: 8:03 p.m.

Shemini opens with “on the eighth day,” with Moses telling Aaron to bring “a young calf for a sin offering … and a meal offering mingled with oil,” to the Tent of Meeting. “And Moses said, “and the glory of God shall appear (vayera) to you … and offer the (sacrifices) and make atonement for them” [Leviticus 9:1-7].

J.J. Gross

Lighting A New Flame

03/29/2016 - 10:03
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting: 6:55 p.m.
Torah: Lev. 6:1-8:36
Haftorah: Jeremiah 7:21-9:23
Havdalah: 7:55 p.m.

Though focused on the Mishkan (Tabernacle), Tzav has much to teach about relationships.

Rabbi Charles Savenor

The Hands-On Jew

03/15/2016 - 13:13
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Candles: 6:48 p.m.
Torah: Lev. 1:1-5:26
Haftorah: Isaiah 43:21-44:23
Havdalah: 7:50 p.m.

A quantum evolutionary leap occurred when we learned to walk on our two hind legs, and freed our two front paws for better things. That’s how paws became hands. Our language captures the distinction very nicely: to “paw” someone is a far cry from “giving them a hand.”

Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman

Inviting God Into God’s House

03/08/2016 - 12:40
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting: 5:40 p.m.
Torah: Exodus 38:21-35:38
Haftorah: I Kings 7:51-8:21
(Ashkenaz); 7:40-50 (Sephard)
Havdalah: 6:42 p.m.

Erin Leib Smokler

Judaism Unplugged

03/01/2016 - 12:33
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting: 5:33 p.m.
Torah: Exodus 35:1–38:20
Haftorah: I Kings 7:40-50
(Ashkenaz); 7:13-26 (Sephard)
Havdalah: 6:34 p.m.

‘Six days, physically creative activities shall be done but the seventh day shall be holy for you, a Sabbath of Sabbaths for the Lord [of love] … you shall not kindle a fire in all of your habitations on the Sabbath day.” [Exodus 35:23].

Shlomo Riskin

The Broken Tablets And Mr. Gottlieb

02/23/2016 - 11:06
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting: 5:17 p.m.
Torah: Exodus 25:1-27:19
Haftorah: I Kings 5:26-6:13
Havdalah: 6:18 p.m.

If you ask almost any Hebrew Day School graduate what is the first comment in the Torah by the foremost biblical commentator, Rashi, he will give you an almost immediate answer. Rashi says, by right, the Torah should have started with the first mitzvah addressed to the nation: designating the New Moon. So why did the Torah begin with the story of creation?

Fred Ehrman

Religious Obligations, Mandatory Or Voluntary?

02/16/2016 - 12:23
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting: 5:17 p.m.
Torah: Exodus 25:1-27:19
Haftorah: I Kings 5:26-6:13
Havdalah: 6:18 p.m.

U.S. News & World Report once published an article, “50 Ways to Fix Your Life,” or at least improve it. “Learning to Meditate” was near the top of the list, the article demonstrating how meditation leads not only to spiritual enlightenment but better health.

Rabbi Mark Wildes

The Wood Of The Ark

02/09/2016 - 11:27
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting: 5:07 p.m.
Torah:  Ex. 25:1- 27:19
Haftorah: I Kings 5:26-6:13.                     
Havdalah: 6:09 p.m.

Shlomo Riskin

The Invisible Hand Of God

02/02/2016 - 13:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 5:00 p.m.
Torah: Exodus 21:1-24:18 p.m.
Haftorah: Jeremiah 34:8-22; 33:25-26
Havdalah: 6:01 p.m.

Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman
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