This Shabbat, Parshat Acharei Mot, candle lighting will be at 7:40 PM in Brooklyn New York. Because this year is a leap year,there is an extra month of Shabbat Torah readings. In a regular twelve month Jewish year, some of the weekly Torah readings are doubled up.The addition of a leap year on the Jewish calendar assures that the Jewish holidays will not shift from one season to another.
Candle lighting, which is 18 minutes before sunset, differs from one locality to another. Chabad.org has the candle lighting time for your locality, as well as articles on the parsha and other topics of interest. These articles can be printed out to be read on Shabbat. In addition, Aish.com similarly has a wide assortment of educational and entertaining materials in written and in multimedia format.
Chabad.org has an article by the granddaughter of a Holocaust survivor who recounts how survivors were shaped and influenced by their horrific experiences. Even people who were not in concentration camps but experienced hunger, flight and loss of family members while they were living safely suffer years later from the after effects of their experiences. If one is blessed with a relatively peaceful past, it is wise to realise that historical and personal tragedies can leave their mark on people. From crime victims to victims of new upheavals in wars and upheavals around the world, there are young survivors of new tragedies in our time as well. By appreciating survivors who are now elderly, perhaps we can apply our wisdom to new survivors as well.
Chabad.org also has an article about one woman’s miracle survival of Auschwitz at the end of WWII. Since Holocaust Remembrance Day was observed on Thursday, stories of survival are especially timely.
This week’s parsha deals with the observace of Yom Kippur, sacrifices as well as sexual morality and prohibited relationships.
In New York City, Shabbat will end this week at 8:44 PM.