Sabbath Week

Alone With An Angel

11/27/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 4:11 p.m.
Torah: Gen. 32:4-36:43
Haftarah: Hosea 11:7-12:12
(Ashkenaz); Book of Obadiah
(Sephard) Havdalah: 5:14 p.m.

Not since he was a fugitive nearly 22 years before had Jacob known such loneliness. In his life there had been no vacuum. With God’s blessing at Beth-El came not one, but four wives, as well as a proliferation of children, livestock, servants, and even angels, keeping him so preoccupied that he barely had a moment to himself. Suddenly it was all threatened.

Freema Gottlieb

Two Parents Nominate Their Favorite Sons

11/20/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 4:14 p.m.
Torah: Gen. 28:10-32:3    
Haftarah: Hosea 12:13-14:9
Havdalah: 5:14 p.m.

“Then he heard the words of Laban’s sons, saying, ‘Jacob has taken all that belonged to our father, and from that which belonged to our father, he amassed all this wealth’”[Gen 21:1].

Shlomo Riskin

Catching the Tears Of Angels

11/14/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

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

In the aftermath of the storm, despite an experience that feels almost biblical —- darkness where there should be light, water where there should be land, void where there should be teeming life — despite it all, life must go on.

Rabbi Moshe Rosenberg

A Blessing For Esau

11/13/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 4:19 p.m.
Torah: Genesis 25:19-28:9
Haftarah: Malachi 1:1-2:7
Havdalah: 5:20 p.m.

Say what you will about what Esau, it is hard to read this week’s sedra without feeling sorry for him. Having traded away his birthright, he now loses his blessing, as well.

Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman

Sacrifice Of Ishmael Led To Isaac’s

11/01/2012

Shabbat Shalom
Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 5:33 p.m.
Torah: Genesis 18:1-22:24
Haftarah: II Kings 4:1-37
Havdalah: 6:32 p.m.

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

The Essence Of Faith

10/23/2012

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

Religion, we imagine, is all about faith: we even call religions “faiths,” and have “interfaith dialogues.” But Judaism has no commandment “to have faith.” In Judaism, we are saved not by what we believe but by what we do: ma’asim tovim (“good deeds”).

Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman

In The Wake Of The Flood

10/16/2012
Special To The JewishWeek

Shabbat Shalom
Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 5:52 p.m.
Torah: Genesis 6:9-11:32
Haftarah: Isaiah 54:1-10
Havdalah: 6:50 p.m.

Rabbi Jill Hausman

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
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