Sabbath Week

Telling The Eternal Story

01/19/2015 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Candlelighting: 4:44 p.m.
Torah Reading: Exodus 10:1-13:16
Haftarah: Jeremiah 46:13-28
Havdalah: 5:46 p.m. 

Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman

His Brother’s Keeper

01/12/2015 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 4:35 p.m.
Torah: Ex. 6:2­9:35
Haftorah: Ezekiel 28:25­29:21
Havdalah: 5:39 p.m. 

What makes Moses, Moses? He is certainly the consummate prophet, the man of God whose code of law commands us to this very day. He took a bedraggled people from slavery into freedom. However, the central characteristic of Moses was his love of the Jewish people.

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

Civil Disobedience in Egypt

01/05/2015 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 4:27 p.m.
Torah: Ex. 1:1-6:1
Haftorah: Isaiah 27:6-28:13; 29:22-23 (Ashkenaz); Jeremiah 1:1-2:3
(Sephard) Havdalah: 5:29 p.m.                   

Sandra E. Rapoport

Is My Father Still Alive?

12/29/2014 - 19:00
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Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 4:21 p.m.
Torah: Gen. 47:28-50:26
Haftorah: I Kings 2:1-12
Havdalah: 5:22 p.m.               

Our Torah portion, Vayechi, begins by telling us that Jacob lived in Egypt for 17 years. It describes the concluding days of his life, and we read of the passing of the last of our forefathers: “When Jacob finished instructing his sons, he drew his feet onto his bed and he expired and was gathered to his people” [Genesis, 49:33].

Fred Ehrman

The Three R’s Worth Emulating

12/22/2014 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 4:15 p.m.
Torah: Genesis 44:18-47:27
Haftorah: Ezekiel 37:15-28
Havdalah: 5:20 p.m.         

Adena Berkowitz

A Tale Of Two Dreamers

12/15/2014 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 4:11 p.m.
(4 Chanukah candles)
Torah: Gen. 41:1- 44:17
Haftorah: I Kings 3:15-4:1
Havdalah: 5:17 p.m.
(5 Chanukah candles)          

One of the most fascinating aspects of the portions we are reading is the extent to which our towering personalities are driven, even obsessed by their dreams. To what extent is it the dream, and not the individual’s merits and actions that determines the recipient of the familial leadership legacy?

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

The Reason Behind History

12/08/2014 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 4:10 p.m.
Torah: Genesis 37:1-40:23
Haftorah: Amos 2:6-3:8
Havdalah: 5:14 p.m.

Does history have a purpose, a desired end to which fate and circumstance inevitably tend? Or is there only fate and circumstance, mere random causality that makes us all just insignificant accidents in time? Is history only (in Shakespeare’s words), “a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing”?

Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman

When A Kiss Is Not Just a Kiss

12/01/2014 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 4:10 p.m.
Torah: Gen. 32:4-36:32
Haftorah: Hosea 11:7-12:12 (Ashkenaz); Book of Ovadiah (Sephard)
Havdalah: 5:13 p.m.

TAfter years apart, two brothers meet, hug, and kiss.

Rabbi Gidon Rothstein

Two Models Of Love

11/24/2014 - 19:00
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Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 4:11 p.m.
Torah: Gen. 28:10-32:3
Haftarah: Hosea 11:7-14:10 (Sephard);
13:6-14:10 (Ashkenaz)
Havdalah: 5:14 p.m.

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

Hungry For A Blessing

11/17/2014 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 4:16 p.m.
Torah: Gen. 25:19
Haftarah: I Samuel 20:18-42
Havdalah: 5:17 p.m.

A recent Israeli film, “Makom B’Gan Eden” (“A Place in Eden”), tells the story of a young army officer, exhausted and hungry after a military campaign, who trades his place in Heaven for a bowl of shakshuka (spicy poached eggs). The consequences of this “trade” reverberate tragically through the lives and loves of the film’s fathers and sons.

Sandra E. Rapoport
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