Sabbath Week

Rollercoaster To The World’s Creation

10/10/2012

Shabbat Shalom
Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 6:02 p.m.
Torah: Genesis 1:1-6:8
Haftarah: Isaiah 45:5-43:10
Havdalah: 6:59 p.m.  

Shlomo Riskin

Three Guests, Three Questions

10/03/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Candlelighting: 6:13 p.m. (Fri.); 6:10 p.m. (Sun.); after 7:07 p.m. (Mon.)
Torah: Exodus 33:12-34:26; 
Numbers 29:23-31
Haftarah: Ezekiel 38:18-39:16
Havdalah: 7:10 p.m. (Sat.);
7:05 p.m. (Tue.)

This the time of year when Jews invite ushpizin, guests from the Bible, into our sukkah. Many of us nowadays manufacture our own list of invitees — from the totality of time.

Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman

Sing A Song Of History

09/24/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 6:25 p.m.
Torah: Deut. 32:1-52
Haftarah: II Samuel 22:1-51
Havdalah: 7:21 p.m.

‘Deep in the Heart of Texas.” “The Banana Boat Song (Day-O).” “Rock Around the Clock.” “Hard Day’s Night.” “Bridge Over Troubled Water.”  “La Bamba.” “I Will Always Love You.” “Livin La Vida Loca.” “I’ll Be There for You (Theme from ‘Friends’).”

Rabbi Gidon Rothstein

The Power Of The Seas

09/19/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 6:36 p.m.
Haftarah: Hosea 14:2-10;
Micha 7:18-20; Joel 2:15-27
Torah: Deuteronomy 31:1- 31:30
Havdalah: 7:33 p.m.
Yom Kippur candles: 6:30 p.m.
(Sep. 25)

One of the highlights of the Yom Kippur liturgy is the reading of the Book of Jonah, a small book that contains a world of philosophy. The major message of Jonah is the major message of Yom Kippur, so that the proper understanding of the former will most certainly illuminate the latter.

Shlomo Riskin

Repentance, Atonement And Independence

09/11/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 6:48 p.m.
Torah: Deut. 29:9-30:20
Haftarah: Isaiah 61:10-63:9
Havdalah: 7:45 p.m.

Rabbi David Kalb

The Farmer And The First Fruits

09/04/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 7:01 p.m.
Torah: Deut. 26:1-29:8
Haftarah: Isaiah 60:1-22
Havdalah: 7:59 p.m.

This is Elul, the month before Rosh HaShanah, when we focus on developing new habits, new ways of doing things, so that we can start our year off right. Parshat Ki Tavo has a number of elements that can assist in this endeavor.

Beth Kissileff.

The Wayward Son

08/28/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 7:12 p.m.
Torah: Deut. 21:10-25:19
Haftarah: Isaiah 54:1-10
Havdalah: 8:11 p.m.

“If a man has a wayward and rebellious child…  and they warn and flog him, but he still does not obey them; then his parents may take him out to the judges of the city” where he may be put to death. [Deuteronomy 21:18-21].

Shlomo Riskin

The King’s Second Torah

08/21/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 7:22 p.m.
Torah: Deuteronomy 16:18-21:9
Haftarah: Isaiah 41:12-42:12
Havdalah: 8:22 p.m. 

Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman

The Challenge Of Charity

08/14/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 7:31 p.m.
Torah: Deut. 11:26-16:17;
Numbers 28:9-15
Haftarah: Isaiah 66:1-24
Havdalah: 8:34 p.m.     
  

Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks wrote: “Tzedakah [charity] lies at the heart of Judaism’s understanding of mitzvot bein adam le-chavero, interpersonal duties. An idea going back 4,000 years, it remains challenging today.” Given the state of today’s economy, it is more challenging than ever.

David Fine

The Only Thing God Asks

08/07/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 7:41 p.m.
Torah: Deut. 7:12-11:25
Haftarah: Isaiah 49:14-51:3
Havdalah: 8:44 p.m.     
       

‘What does God ask of you, only to revere the Lord your God and to walk in all of His ways; to love Him and to serve God with all your heart and with all your soul; to observe the commandments of the Lord and His statutes for your good” [Deuteronomy 10:11-13].

Shlomo Riskin
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