Shabbat Rest – The Completion of Creation

It took six days for God to create the heavens, the earth, and all within them. At first glance, an additional day seems unnecessary. Nevertheless, God created the seventh day and designated it for rest and cessation of labor. As a result, the world contains rest, blessing, and holiness. Thus we read: The heaven and the earth were finished, and all their array. On the … Continue reading Shabbat Rest – The Completion of Creation

Parashat Toldot / פרשת תולדות

Parashat Toldot / פרשת תולדות “Generations” “Now these are the records of the generations of Isaac…” Torah Portion: Genesis 25:19-28:9 Haftarah: Malachi 1:1-2:7 B’rit Chadash/New Covenant: Romans 9:6-31 The traditional blessing pronounced before reading the Torah is as follows: Bar’khoo et Adonai ham’vo’rakh (Congregation responds) Ba’rookh Adonai ham’vo’rakh lay’o’lahm vah-edBless Adonai, who is to be blessed. (Congregation responds) Blessed is Adonai, who is to be … Continue reading Parashat Toldot / פרשת תולדות

Parshas Shemini

Parshas Shemini Note: The Shabbos Torah Reading is divided into 7 sections. Each section is called an Aliya [literally: Go up] since for each Aliya, one person “goes up” to make a bracha [blessing] on the Torah Reading. 1st & 2nd Aliyot: The Parsha begins on Nissan 1, 2449. The seven-day inauguration of Aharon and his sons was completed and the ceremonies for the Mizbeach’s … Continue reading Parshas Shemini

Saturday Sabbath prayers

Saturday (Shabbat) morning prayer Shema, Yisra’el! YHVH ELOHAYNU YHVH echad. U’ahavtah YHVH ELOHAYCHA, v’kole levav’cha, v’kole nefeshcah, v’kole meod’cha; v’ahav’cha l’reacha kemo’cha. Baruch atah ADONAI ELOHAYNU, melek ha’olam, asher natan lanu derek ha’teshuvah. Hear now and do, Yisra’el! YHVH our ELOHIYM, YHVH, is one. And you shall love YHVH your ELOHIYM, with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all yourself; and … Continue reading Saturday Sabbath prayers

Fast of Tisha Be’av / Falls Out on Motza’ei Shabbat

Those Who are Obligated and Exempt from the Fast of Tisha Be’av and their Status when Tisha Be’av Falls Out on Motza’ei Shabbat Someone Ill with a Non-Life-Threatening Illness, An Elderly Person, and a Woman who has Recently Given Birth One who is ill (meaning when one is actually bedridden and the like, even if the illness is not life-threatening) is exempt from fasting on … Continue reading Fast of Tisha Be’av / Falls Out on Motza’ei Shabbat

Parshas Tazria-Metzorah

Note: The Shabbos Torah Reading is divided into 7 sections. Each section is called an Aliya [literally: Go up] since for each Aliya, one person “goes up” to make a bracha [blessing] on the Torah Reading. 1st Aliya: The laws of purity and impurity as they pertain to child-birth are discussed. The basic laws of Tzaraat involving the diagnosis of the Kohain and possible quarantine, … Continue reading Parshas Tazria-Metzorah

Pirkei Avos Chapter 5, Mishna 8(a)

What’s Special About Sabbath? Part I By Rabbi Dovid Rosenfeld “Ten things were created on the Sabbath eve at twilight. They are: the mouth of the earth [which swallowed Korach and his co-conspirators] (Numbers 16:32), the mouth of the well [which accompanied Israel in the desert], the mouth of the donkey [which rebuked Balaam] (ibid., 22:28), the rainbow, the Manna, the staff [of Moses], the … Continue reading Pirkei Avos Chapter 5, Mishna 8(a)