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The Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time (19 November 2017) Prov 31:10-13,19-20,30-31; Ps 128; 1 Thess 5:1-6; Mt 25:14-30 Theme: Blessed are those who fear the Lord   Download   The woman whose praises are sung this Sunday is so full of energy.  In the passage as a whole (Prov 31:10-31) we learn she not only…

Parashat Toledot

Shabbat Table Talk Parashat  Toledot–  Erev Shabbat   17th of November 2017 Week of 12th-18th of November 2017 Torah portion:   Genesis 25:19-28:9   Haftarah: Malachi 1:1-2:7   Download   Parashat Toledot is the sixth parashah into the Torah as we begin the new cycle of readings.  The word, “Toledot,” means “generations.”   It contains the story of the…

32nd Sunday of Ordinary Time

32nd Sunday of Ordinary Time (12 November 2017) Lectionary readings:  Wis. 6:12-16; Psalm 63; 1 Thes 5:1-6; Matthew 25:1-13  Theme: Scarcity and Abundance   Download   In Hebrew, a parable is called mashal.  Two parables are found in the Old Testament which are the Parable of the Bramble [Judges 9.8-15] and the parable that Nathan…

Parashat Chayei Sarah

Shabbat Table Talk Parashat Chayei Sarah – Erev Shabbat 10th November 2017 Week of 5-11 November Torah portion: Gen 23:1- 25:18                  Haftarah: I Kings 1:1-31   Download   Beginning in Parashah Lech L’cha, God promised Abraham a land and the blessing of offspring that would become a great nation (Gen 12:1-3, 17:1-8). As we…

MAY THE LORD BLESS YOU FROM ZION – November Hebrew Song

  MAY THE LORD BLESS YOU FROM ZION יְבָרֶכְךָ ה’ מִצִּיוֹן וּרְאֵה בּטוּב יְרוּשָלַיִם כֹּל יְמֵי חַיֶיךָ.  וּרְאֵה בָנִים לְבָנֶיךָ שָלוֹם עַל יִשְרָאֵל.                תְּהִלִים, קכח ה-ו   Yevare’checha hashem mi’tziyon ur’e betuv yerushalayim, Yevare’checha hashem mi’tziyon, kol yemey ,yemey chayecha. Ur’e vanim le-vanecha, shalom al yisra’el (X2)   May the Lord bless you from…

The Thirty First Sunday of the Year

The Thirty First Sunday of the Year (5th November 2017) Malachi 1:14b–2:2b, 8–10; Psalm 131; 1 Thessalonians 2:7b–9, 13; Matthew 23:1-12 Family disputes Download   Some of the worst disputes take place within families or between branches of the same religious family.  The Gospel text for use in today’s liturgy is an example.  It portrays…

Parashat Vayera

Shabbat Table Talk Parashat Vayera – Erev Shabbat 3rd  November 2017 Week of 29 October- 4 November 2017 Torah portion: Genesis 18:1-22:24 Haftarah: 2 Kings 4:1-37 Download   Central to all these eight stories related in this parashah is Vayera ‘he (the Lord) appeared’. Fox names the various vignettes as follows: 1) Visit and Promise…

THE 30th SUNDAY OF THE YEAR

REFLECTIONS ON THE READINGS FOR THE 30th SUNDAY OF THE YEAR, 29th OCTOBER, 2017, CYCLE A Exodus 22:20-26; Psalm 18; 1 Thessalonians 1:5-10; Matthew 22:34-40   Download   Today our readings focus on the most important aspect of what it is to be fully human:  love of God and love of neighbour, making a fitting…

Parashat Lekh Lekha

Shabbat Table Talk Parashat Lekh Lekha, Erev Shabbat 27 October 2015 Week of 22-28 October Torah portion: Gen. 12:1–17:27         Haftarah: Isa. 40:27–41:16   Download   YHWH’s communication with Abraham, as it is presented in the biblical text, begins with two words, lekh-lekha (12:1), which are found in this combination only once more in the shared…

THE 29th SUNDAY OF THE YEAR

The Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time (22 October 2017) Is 45:1,4-6; Ps 96; 1Thes 1:1-10; Mt 22:15-21   Theme: Who is the King of Your Heart?   Download   Repeatedly in Israel’s history, the nation finds itself in exile. And repeatedly, G-d has proven to be Israel’s faithful LORD as he uses different nations and their…