Sabbath Week

Missing The Boat

10/12/2015 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

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
Special To The Jewish Week

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
Special To The Jewish Week

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
Special To The Jewish Week

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
Special To The Jewish Week

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

Unbinding The Mystery Of The Akedah

09/09/2015 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Contemporary Jews are challenged by it and rabbis stand on their head to justify it. I refer to the Akedah, Rosh HaShanah’s second-day Torah reading chronicling Abraham’s sacrificial binding of his son Isaac on Mount Moriah, and God’s last minute intervention to substitute a ram instead [Genesis 22].

Rabbi Gerald L. Zelizer

Shabbat, For Body And Soul

09/01/2015 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Late there has been a spate of articles about how much people work. Those who spend more time at the office are apparently less healthy than those who work moderately.

Rabbi David Wolpe

Transitioning From Desert To Promised Land

08/31/2015 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 7:07 p.m.
Torah: Deut. 26:1-29:8
Haftorah: Isaiah 60:1-22
Havdalah: 8:05 p.m.

‘When you enter into full possession of the Land which the Lord your God is giving to you ... then you shall take of the first fruits … and go to the place that the Lord your God will choose” [Deuteronomy 26:1-2].

Freema Gottlieb

Judging The Rebellious Child

08/24/2015 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 7:18 p.m.
Torah: Deut. 21:10-25:19
Haftorah: Isaiah 54:1-10
Havdalah: 8:17 p.m.            

Rivka Kahan

The Morality Of War

08/17/2015 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 7:28 p.m.
Torah: Deut. 16:18-21:9
Haftorah: Isaiah 51:12-52:12
Havdalah: 8:28 p.m.               

Shlomo Riskin
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