Sabbath Week

Threats To The Moral Heartland

07/23/2013
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Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 8 p.m.
Torah: Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25
Haftarah: Isaiah 49:14-51:3
Havdalah: 9:04 p.m.

Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman

The Self-Sacrifice Of Moses

07/16/2013
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Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 8:06 p.m.
Torah: Deuteronomy 3:23-7:11
Haftarah: Isaiah 40:1-26
Havdalah: 9:11 p.m.

Freema Gottlieb

How Tisha b’Av Turns Into A Holiday

07/09/2013
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Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 8:10 p.m.
Torah: Deut. 1:1 - 3:22
Haftarah: Isaiah 1:1-27
Havdalah: 9:17 p.m.
Tisha b’Av: July 15-16 (fast ends 9:05 p.m.)

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

Same Journey, Different Diaries

07/02/2013
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Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 8:12 p.m.
Torah: Numbers 30:2-36:13
Haftarah: Jeremiah 2:4-28; 3:4; 4:1-2
Havdalah: 9:20 p.m.

Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman

A Lesson In Listening

06/25/2013
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Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 8:13 p.m.
Torah: Num. 25:10-30:1
Haftarah: I Kings 18:46-19:21
Havdalah: 9:22 p.m.

Michelle Friedman

When A Donkey Sees What Wise Men Can’t

06/18/2013
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Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 8;12 p.m.
Torah: Numbers 22:2- 25:9 
Haftarah: Micah 5:6-6:8
Havdalah: 9:21 p.m.

‘No black magic can be effective against Jacob, and no occult powers against Israel” [Numbers 23:23].

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

A Life That Outlives You

06/11/2013
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Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 8:10 p.m.
Torah: Numbers 19:1-22:1
Haftarah: Judges 11:1-33
Havdalah: 9:19 p.m.

Look up the word “gaudy” in a dictionary and you will find that it means “garish, showy, vulgarly colorful,” from the Latin, gaudere  “to rejoice.” Citizens of Barcelona may be forgiven for imagining that it comes from the name of their most famous architectural genius, Antoni Gaudí (1852-1926), whose perfectly outrageous riot of color fairly fills the city.

Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman

The Top 50 Rabbis In The Desert

06/04/2013
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Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 8:04 p.m.
Torah: Num. 16:1-18:32
Haftarah: Isaiah 66:1-64
Havdalah: 9:15 p.m.

A rabbi friend recently joked about the “Top 50 Rabbis in America.” He said he figures he is somewhere around 1,367; Rabbi No. 1364, he says, speaks better than he does, and Rabbi No. 1,368 has visited fewer sick people than he has, so he must be right in between them. He’s hoping that next year he’ll move up to the 1,350s, but who knows? As long as he’s in the Top 2,000, he says, he should be fine.

Abby Sosland

Slandering The Promised Land

05/28/2013
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Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 8:02 p.m.
Torah: Num. 13:1-15:39
Haftarah: Joshua 2:1-24
Havdalah: 9:10 p.m.

Speech is powerful. In the Bible, unchecked speech can foment punishment, exile, even death. Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses in last week’s parsha, and this week the Miraglim (the 12 scouts/spies) speak against the Promised Land.

Sandra E. Rapoport

Do The Rite Thing

05/21/2013
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Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 7:56 p.m.
Torah: Num. 8:1-12:16
Haftarah: Zechariah 2:14-4:7
Havdalah: 9:03 p.m.

Freud did not have our sedra specifically in mind when he wrote his treatises on religion, though he would have pointed to its demand that the Passover sacrifice be done “in accordance with all its rules and rites” [Numbers 9:1-5] as evidence of his claim that religion is a caricature of obsessive-compulsive neurosis.

Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman
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