Sabbath Week

Loving The Sojourner’s Truth

05/10/2016 - 13:06
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 7:47 p.m.
Torah: Lev. 19:1-20:27
Haftorah: Amos 9:7-15 (Ashkenaz);
Ezekiel 20:2-20 (Sephard)
Havdalah: 8:53 p.m.

Neil Fleischmann

The Joy Of Spiritual Transformation

05/03/2016 - 11:52
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 7:39 p.m.
Torah: Lev. 16:1-18:30
Haftorah: Ezekiel 22:1-19
Havdalah: 8:41 p.m.

“For on this day He will forgive you, to purify you from all your sins” [Leviticus 16:30].

The major source for Yom Kippur is to be found in this week’s Torah portion of Acharei Mot.

Shlomo Riskin

The Fullness Of Jewish Dilemmas

04/26/2016 - 11:38
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Candles: 7:25 p.m. (Fri.); 8:28 p.m. (Sat.)
Torah: Exodus 13:17-15:26 (Sat.); Deut. 15:22-16:17 (Sun.); Num. 28:19-25 (both)
Haftorah: II Samuel 22:1-51 (Sat.); Isaiah 10:32-12:6 (Sun.)
Havdalah: 8:29 p.m. (Sun.)

Passover is the Jewish people’s annual Spring Break from workaday worry, and it came especially late this year.

Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman

The Weeks After Passover

04/19/2016 - 10:48
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Last Chametz: 10:37 a.m. (Fri.)
Candles: 7:25 p.m. (Fri.); 8:28 p.m. (Sat.)
Torah: Exodus 12:21-51 (Sat.); Lev. 22:26-23:44 (Sun.); Numbers 28:16-25 (both) 
Haftorah: Joshua 3:5-7; 5:2-6:1; 6:27 (both)
Havdalah: 8:29 p.m. (Sun.)

The Sages call Passover “the time of our freedom.” It is biblically known as the “Festival of Matzot,” the flat, rather tasteless dough that was never given a chance to ferment and rise; the “bread of affliction” our ancestors ate in Egypt.

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

The Holiness Of Everyday Speech

04/12/2016 - 16:27
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Shabbat candles: 7:18 p.m.
Torah: 14:1-35:33;
Haftorah: Mal. 3:4-24
Havdalah: 8:19 p.m.

Adena Berkowitz

A Biblical Sense Of Illness

04/05/2016 - 13:16
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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