Sabbath Week

Bilaam’s Blessings And The Curse Within

06/30/2015
Special To The Jewish Week

The primary image of this parasha is of Bilaam — foremost sorcerer of the age, says Ramban — riding a talking donkey on his way to meet with King Balak of Moav. What does this episode mean?

Sandra E. Rapoport

Models Of Leadership

06/23/2015
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 8:13 p.m.
Torah: Num. 19:1–21:35
Haftorah: Judges 11:1-33
Havdalah: 9:23 p.m.

The mystical ritual of the red heifer [Numbers 19:2] is a chok, a commandment we follow not because it is rational, logical or moral, but because it is Divinely ordained. The very notion of the Kohen (Priest) purifying an individual who has been defiled by contact with a dead body, through the process of sprinkling him or her with the ashes of a red heifer mixed with spring waters, seems irrational.

Shlomo Riskin

Two Miracles In The Desert

06/16/2015
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Candlelighting: 8:12 p.m.
Torah Reading: Numbers 16:1-18:32
Haftarah: I Samuel 11:14-12:22
Sabbath Ends: 9:21 p.m.

The story of Korach is a revolution in three days of screaming headlines: “Rebels Master Moses in Surprise Israelite Coup!” Then, “Earth Swallows Rebel Leaders!” And, finally, “Aaronite Priests Purges Rebels, Regain Power.” This looks like a banana-republic revolt suppressed by the old-guard leadership, which then restores the status quo.

Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman

Are Jews A Religion Or A Nation?

06/09/2015
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 8:09 p.m.
Torah: Numbers 13:1-15:41
Haftorah: Joshua 2:1-24
Havdalah: 9:18 p.m.

“We should go up at once and possess it [the land] for we are well able to overcome it” [Numbers 13:30].

Shlomo Riskin

The Unique Prophecy Of Moses

06/02/2015
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 8:05 p.m.
Torah: Num. 8:1­12:16
Haftorah: Zechariah 2:14-4:7
Havdalah: 9:14 p.m.

‘And Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Cushite (Midianite) woman he had taken to wife (and divorced)… And they said, ‘Did the Lord speak only to Moses? Did He not also speak to us.’” [Numbers 12:1-2].

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

The Healing Of Social Decay

05/26/2015
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 8 p.m.
Torah: Numbers 4:21-7:89
Haftorah: Judges 13:2-25
Havdalah: 9:08 p.m.

If you were raised in an age of dental pain, you probably still flinch at the word “decay,” a hideous pronouncement of dire things to come.

Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman

A Lesson In Leadership

05/19/2015
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Candles: 7:54 p.m. (Fri.); 9:01 p.m.
(Sat.); 9:02 p.m. (Sun.)
Torah: Num. 1:1-4:20 (Sat.); Exodus 19:1-20:23 (Sun.); Deuteronomy 14:22-16:17 (Mon.); Num. 28:26-31 (Sun. & Mon.)
Haftorah: Hosea 1:1-22 (Sat.); Ezekiel 1:1-28, 3:12 (Sun.); Habakuk 2:20-3:19 (Mon.)
Havdalah: 9:03 p.m. (Mon.)

Fred Ehrman

Restoring The Land And Life’s Balance

05/12/2015
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 7:48 p.m.
Torah: Leviticus 25:1-27:34
Haftorah: Jeremiah 16:19-17:14
Havdalah: 8:55 p.m.

When A Kohen Encounters The Dead

05/05/2015
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Candles: 7:33 p.m.
Torah: Leviticus 21:1-24:23
Haftorah: Ezekiel 44:15-31
Havdalah: 8:37 p.m.

‘SSay to the kohanim, the sons of Aaron… do not make yourselves impure for the dead of your people” [Vayikra, 21:1].

Freema Gottlieb

Echoes Of The Scapegoat

04/28/2015
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 7:33 p.m.
Torah: Lev. 16:1-20:27
Haftorah: Amos 9:7-15 (Ashkenaz); Ezekiel 20:2-20
Havdalah: 8:37 p.m.

Ora Horn Prouser
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