Sabbath Week

Halacha Is Not Decided In Heaven

05/24/2011

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 7:58 p.m.
Torah: Numbers 1:1-4:20
Haftarah: Hosea 2:1-22
Shabbat ends: 9:06 p.m.

Is our tradition set in stone, or is it open to whatever alteration the scholars desire to make? How legitimate is the claim that “Where there is a rabbinic will, there is a halachic way?”

Two Talmudic passages describing incidents in the life of Rabbi Eliezer ben Hyrcanus help answer our questions.

Shlomo Riskin

When The Torah Is An Embarrassment To God

05/17/2011

 

 

Candlelighting, Readings:
Candlelighting: 7:52 p.m.
Torah Reading: Lev. 26:3-27:34
Haftarah: Jeremiah 16:19-17:14
Sabbath Ends: 8:59 p.m.

Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman

Number Our Days

05/10/2011

Shabbat Shalom
Candlelighting, Readings:
Candles: 7:46 p.m.
Torah readings: Lev. 25:1-26:2
Haftarah: Jeremiah 32:6-27
Shabbat ends: 8:51 p.m.

Shlomo Riskin

The Love Within A Blessing

05/03/2011

Shabbat Shalom
Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 7:38 p.m.
Torah: Leviticus: 21:1-24:23
Haftara: Ezekiel 44:15-31
Shabbat ends: 8:43 p.m.

“And he [the Kohen] shall be sanctified” [Leviticus 21:8].

Shlomo Riskin

The Spiritual Essence Of Matzah And Chahametz

04/12/2011

Shabbat Shalom
Candlelighting, Readings:
Candles: 7:17 p.m. (Friday); 7:20 p.m. (Monday);
8:22 p.m. (Tuesday)
Torah: Lev. 16:1 – 18:30 (Saturday); Ex. 7:21-51
(Tuesday); Lev. 22:26-23:44 (Wednesday);
Num. 28:16-25 (Tuesday & Wednesday)
Haftarah: Malachi 3:4-24 (Saturday);
Joshua 5:2-6:1 & 6:27 (Tuesday);  II Kings 23:1-9;
21-25 (Wednesday)
Havdalah: 8:18 p.m. (Saturday);
8:23 p.m. (Wednesday)

Diagnosing Morality: The Gravity Of Words

04/05/2011

Candlelighting, Readings:
Candlelighting: 7:09 p.m.
Torah Reading: Lev. 14:1- 15:33
Haftarah: II Kings 7:3-20
Sabbath Ends: 8:10 p.m.

Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman

The Significance Of Circumcision

03/29/2011
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 7:02 p.m.
Torah reading: Lev. 12:1-13:56; Ex. 12:1-20
Haftarah: Ezekiel 45:16-46:18
Shabbat ends: 8:02 p.m.

Rabbi Eugene Korn

Another Itamar, Another Tragedy

03/22/2011

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 6:55 p.m.
Torah: Leviticus 9:1-11:47; Numbers 19:1-22
Haftarah: Ezekiel 36:16-38
Havdalah: 7:54 p.m.

Our biblical portion opens with the exalting and exultant ceremonies of the consecration of the desert Sanctuary, closely followed by a description of the tragic death of Aaron’s two eldest sons. These events lead to a fascinating halachic discussion between Moses and Aaron that has important ramifications for our religious attitudes today.

Shlomo Riskin

Of Values And Remembering

03/15/2011

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 6:47 p.m.
Torah reading: Lev. 6:1-8:36; Deut, 25:17-19
Haftarah: I Samuel 15:1-34
Havdalah: 7:47 p.m. (Purim Begins)

 

Would you rather be a martyr, a hero, or a builder? Each of these, says anthropologist Mary Douglas, corresponds to a different kind of society. Each creates a different prism through which to view the world.

Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman

The Heart Of The Sacrifice

03/08/2011
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 5:40 p.m.
Torah reading: Lev. 1:1-5:26
Haftarah: Isaiah 43:21-44:23
Shabbat ends: 6:39 p.m.

“And God called to Moses, and spoke to him out of the Tent of Meeting, saying: ‘Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘When any man of you brings an offering to God, you shall bring your offering of the cattle, even of the herd or of the flock’” [Leviticus 1:1-2].

Rabbi Neil Fleischmann
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