Sabbath Week

Reasons To Sing



Candlelighting, Readings:

Candlelighting: 7:56 p.m.

Torah Reading: Deut. 7:12-11:25

Haftarah: Isaiah 49:14-51:3


Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman

The Consolation Of The Land

Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:

Shabbat candles: 8:03 p.m.

Torah reading: Deut. 3:23-7:11

Haftarah: Isaiah 40:1-26

Shabbat ends: 9:07 p.m.



Ellen Bernstein

What Was Lost On Tisha b’Av?



The bleakest fast of the year is Tisha b’Av, commemorating the destruction of both Temples (in 586 B.C.E. and 70 C.E.). We begin preparing ourselves to feel the enormity of the loss from the 17th of Tammuz, the day the Roman armies breached the wall around Jerusalem; the expressions of mourning intensify with the start of Av; and then on Tisha b’Av, we fast, sitting low to the ground as we read the Scroll of Lamentations and recite dirges. 

Shlomo Riskin

Summer Echoes Of Kol Nidre




Candlelighting, Readings:

Shabbat candles: 8:11 p.m.

Torah reading: Numbers 30:2-31:13

Haftarah: Jeremiah 2:4-28; 3:4; 4:1-2



Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman

Models Of Leadership

Special To The Jewish Week

Shabbat candles: 8:13 p.m.

Torah reading: Numbers 25:10-30:1

Haftarah: I Kings 18:46-19:23

 Parshat Pinhas provides us with two contrasting styles of leadership, that of Pinhas and that of Moses.

Beth Kissileff

God’s Will vs. Our Free Will


Candelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 8:13 p.m.
Torah reading: Numbers 22:2- 25:9
Haftarah: Micah 5:6-6:8
Sabbath ends: 9:22 p.m.

This week’s episode naturally leads to a discussion of the relationship between God’s will and our own. Are we truly given the freedom to go against His will or is freedom of choice only an illusion?

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

The Jewish Way Of Death


Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat Candles: 8:12 p.m.
Torah Reading: Numbers 19:1-22:1
Haftarah: Judges 11:1-33
Sabbath Ends: 9:21 p.m.

How will I die? What if (anything) happens to me (if there even still is a “me”) next? How will my death impact those I leave behind? The Talmud asks these questions in response to the death of Miriam and Aaron, part of this week’s sedra. 

Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman

For The Sake Of Heaven

Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 8:09 p.m.
Torah reading: Numbers 16:1-18:32; 28:9-15
Haftarah: Isaiah 66:1-24
Sabbath ends: 9:18 p.m.


Rabbi Neil Fleischmann

Moses’ Greatest Gift, And Tragedy


 Candlelighting, Readings:

Shabbat candles: 8:05 p.m.

Torah: Numbers 13:1-15:41 

Haftara: Joshua 2:1-24


Between the lines of the Bible, we glimpse the difficulties — even tragedy — of Moses, the greatest prophet in history who nevertheless sees himself losing the fealty of the Hebrew nation, failing to direct the people toward the very goal of their Exodus; the conquest of and settlement of the Land of Israel. Where has he gone wrong, and why?


Humility And Prophecy: Hearing the Word of God

Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 7:59 p.m.
Torah reading: Numbers 8:1-12:16
Haftara: Zechariah 2:14-4:7
Sabbath ends: 9:07 p.m.

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