Sabbath Week

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
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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

The Veiling Of Rivka

11/10/2014 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 4:21 p.m.
Torah: Gen. 23:1-25:18
Haftarah: I Kings 1:1-31
Havdalah: 5:22 p.m.

At traditional Jewish weddings the veiling is assumed by the groom, or by some authority like the officiating rabbi. But what is remarkable in this week’s parsha is that the original veiling was undertaken by the bride herself [Genesis 24:65], thus providing the basis for the Ashkenazi ritual of veiling the bride.

Freema Gottlieb

Ways Of Seeing And Asking

11/03/2014 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 4:28 p.m.
Torah: Gen. 18:1-22:24
Haftarah: II Kings 4:1-37
Havdalah: 5:28 p.m.

Beth Kissileff

The Road To Jerusalem

10/27/2014 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 5:36 p.m.
Torah: Gen. 12:1-17:27
Haftarah: Isaiah 40:27-41:16
Havdalah: 6:35 p.m.

A war breaks out, four tribal kings battling against five. Lot, Abram’s nephew, is captured, and Abram — his name not yet changed to Abraham — immediately arms and allies a force of his own to rescue Lot. Abram’s allies are victorious and Lot is returned.

Rabbi Jill Hausman

Eve And The Tower of Babel

10/20/2014 - 20:00
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Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 5:46 p.m.
Torah: Gen. 6:9-11:32;
Numbers 28:9-15
Haftarah: Isaiah 66:1-24
Havdalah: 6:44 p.m.

The theme of building is prominent in the early chapters of Genesis. The text presents certain episodes of building as positive, others less favorably.

Rachel Friedman

Was Creation Really Seven Days?

10/13/2014 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 5:54 p.m.
Torah: Genesis 1:1-6:7
Haftarah: Isaiah 42:5-43:10
Havdalah: 6:53 p.m.

On Rosh HaShanah we began counting the 5,775th year since the creation of the world. This calculation is predicated upon the primordial first week of creation consisting of seven 24-hour days during which God made everything there is, from light to vegetation to animals to the human being.

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

A Culture Of Honor

10/07/2014 - 20:00

Ma’aseh sheyaha, as the Rabbis say — “Here’s a story for you.”

Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman
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