Sabbath Week

Joseph’s Vision, Backwards And Forwards

12/22/2015 - 12:13
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 4:15 p.m.
Torah: Gen. 47:28-50:26
Haftorah: I Kings 2:1-12
Havdalah: 5:21 p.m.

Beth Kissileff

Showdown In The Palace

12/15/2015 (All day)
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 4:21 p.m.
Torah: Gen. 44:18-47:27
Haftorah: Ezekiel 37:15-28
Havdalah: 5:17 p.m.

The goblet of the “Egyptian” viceroy is discovered in the sack of Benjamin, youngest child of Rachel, Jacob’s long-deceased love. The brothers proclaim their innocence, but an atrocity returns to haunt them: the selling of Rachel’s first son, Joseph, into slavery.

Freema Gottlieb

Reconciliation, Not Revenge

12/07/2015 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 4:09 p.m.
Torah: Genesis 41:1-44:17; Numbers 28:9-15; 7:48-53
Haftorah: Zechariah 2:14-4:7
Havdalah: 5:13 p.m.

Miketz opens with Joseph, having been forgotten by the wine steward (after interpreting his dream, leading to the steward’s release from prison), suddenly plucked from prison to Pharaoh’s court, called upon to now interpret the ruler’s dreams. And thus begins the second chapter of Joseph’s rags to riches rise in Egypt.

Adena Berkowitz

The Brothers In A Way Of Thinking

11/30/2015 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 4:19 p.m.
Torah: Genesis 37:1-40:23
Haftorah: Amos 2:6-3:8
Havdalah: 5:13 p.m.

Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman

Esau, Beautiful And Misunderstood

11/23/2015 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 4:11 p.m.
Torah: Gen. 32:4-36:43
Haftorah: Hosea 11:7-12:12
(Ashkenaz); Book of Ovadiah (Sephard)
Havdalah: 5:14 p.m.

Jacob and Esau reunite after decades of separation following Jacob’s tricking Isaac into blessing him (while masquerading as Esau). Esau felt livid, cheated, and destroyed, determined to kill Jacob in revenge. Out of consideration for his father, Esau would wait until Isaac died.

Ora Horn Prouser

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
Special To The Jewish Week

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
Special To The Jewish Week

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
Special To The Jewish Week

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
Special To The Jewish Week

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
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