Sabbath Week

Halacha Is Not Decided In Heaven


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




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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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

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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