Sabbath Week

The Mystery Of Twins

11/16/2015 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 4:15 p.m.
Torah: Gen. 28:10-32:3
Haftorah: Hosea 12:13-14:10
(Ashkenaz); 11:7-12:12 (Sephard)
Havdalah: 5:18 p.m.

Michelle Friedman

The Good Parent

11/09/2015 - 19:00
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Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 4:21 p.m.
Torah: Gen. 25:19-28:9
Haftorah: Malachi 1:1-2:7
Havdalah: 5:21 p.m.

The aged, nearly blind Isaac has just been deceived by his son Jacob and wife Rebecca. Jacob, impersonating his twin Esau, stole the blessing Isaac intended for Esau. Isaac reacts immediately to the deception, affirming that Jacob will remain blessed. This is the beginning of a remarkable teaching that Isaac will transmit to Jacob.

Rabbi Jill Hausman

He Was Rav Because She Was Rebbetzin

11/02/2015 - 19:00
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Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 4:28 p.m.
Torah: Gen. 23:1-25:18
Haftorah: I Kings 1:1-31
Havdalah: 5:27 p.m.

“Sarah died in Kiryat Arba, which is Hebron. … And Abraham came to eulogize Sarah and to weep over her.”[Genesis 23:2]

What was Sarah doing in Hebron? Abraham, Sarah and Isaac lived in Beersheba. The text even tells us Abraham had to “come” to weep over her; apparently he wasn’t with her when she died.

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

Ishmael: Righteous Or Rogue?

10/26/2015 - 20:00
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Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 5:36 p.m.
Torah: Gen. 18:1-22:24
Haftarah: II Kings 4:1-37
Havdalah: 6:35 p.m.

Fred Ehrman

A Name Made Great

10/19/2015 - 20:00
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Candlelighting, Readings:
Candles: 5:46 p.m.
Torah Reading: Genesis 12:1-17:27
Haftorah: Isaiah 40:27-41:16
Havdalah: 6:44 p.m

We should not be surprised when God promises Abraham (while still Abram), “I will make your name great.” Abram is already wealthy beyond measure, with pretty much everything he might want. True, he lacks children, and God will grant him those eventually, but meanwhile, God promises a great name. Why not? What do you give someone who has everything?

Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman

Missing The Boat

10/12/2015 - 20:00
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Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 5:56 p.m.
Torah: Gen. 6:9-11:32
Haftorah: Isaiah 44:1-45:5
Havdalah: 6:55 p.m.

The Torah calls Noah a tzadik, a righteous person, a term not used casually in the biblical tradition, even to describe Abraham or Moses.

Rabbi Mark N. Wildes

Beastial Man And Celestial Man

10/06/2015 - 20:00
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Candlelighting, Readings:
Candles: 6:07 p.m.
Torah: Gen. 1:1-6:8
Haftorah: Isaiah 42:5-43:10
Havdalah: 7:06 p.m.

The beginning of our Torah readings with Bereshit on the first Shabbat following the intensive festival period of Rosh HaShanah through Simchat Torah is more than a calendrical accident. The first chapters of Genesis serve as a resounding confirmation of the true nature of the human being and what God expects of him.

Shlomo Riskin

A Sukkot Gathering

09/29/2015 - 20:00
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Candlelighting, Readings:
Candles: 6:18 p.m. (Fri.); 6:15 p.m. (Sun.); 7:14 p.m. (Mon.)
Torah: Exodus 33:12-34:26;
Numbers 29:23-31
Haftorah: Ezekiel 38:18-39:16
Havdalah: 7:17 p.m. (Sat.);
7:12 p.m. (Tues.)

This Sukkot, I have been consumed by two compelling images, one commonplace, the other largely ignored.

The lesser known is called Hakhel (“gather”), the commandment [Deuteronomy 31:9-12] that on every seventh Sukkot, the population gathers to hear “this teaching.”

Lawrence A. Hoffman

The Message In The Rain

09/23/2015 - 20:00
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Taking place on the very last day of Moses’ life, Ha’azinu reveals Moses’s conflicted embrace of his own mortality. Moses knows his days are numbered. Despite his passionate, persistent appeals to God, Moses is told that he will not enter the Promised Land with the Children of Israel.

The Gift Of Yom Kippur

09/17/2015 - 20:00
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On Rosh HaShanah, the sighing-sobbing sounds (shevarim) of the shofar are the natural response of the Jew to an incomplete, imperfect world. We are entrusted with the mission of bringing down the Divine attributes of loving-kindness and courage, of compassionate righteousness and moral justice, to suffuse society with freedom and peace in order to perfect and complete the world in the Kingship of the Divine.

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin
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