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The Fourth Year - 5773 (2012/2013)
1 Shabbat Shuva
Thirteen Wants of Mordecai Kaplan Reconstructed
September 21
2 Bereishit
Rabbi Charles Simon
October 12
3 Noah
Rabbi Charles Simon
October 19
4 Lech-Lecha
Rabbi Baruch HaLevi
October 26
5 Vayera
Rabbi Baruch HaLevi
November 2
6 Hayye Sarah
Rabbi Baruch HaLevi
November 9
7 Toldot
Rabbi Dan Liben
November 16
8 Va-yetzei
Rabbi Dan Liben
November 23
9 Va-yishlah
Rabbi Barry Dov Lerner
November 30
10 Vayeshev
Rabbi Barry Dov Lerner
December 7
11 Haftarah for Hanukkah
Rabbi David Wise
December 14
12 Va-yiggash
Rabbi Joel Schwab
December 21
13 Va-y'hi
Rabbi Joel Schwab
December 28
14 Special Commentary on Mordecai Kaplan
Prof. Mel Scult
January 4
15 Va-era - Rosh Chodesh Sh'vat
Rabbi Charles Simon
January 11
16 Bo
Rabbi Charles Simon
January 18
17 B'shallah
Rabbi Leslie Lipson
January 25
18 Yitro
Rabbi Charles Simon
February 1
19 Shabbat Shekalim
Rabbi Steve Kane
February 8
20 Terumah
Rabbi Steve Kane
February 15
21 Shabbat Zachor
Rabbi Steve Kane
February 22
22 Shabbat Parah
Rabbi Charles Simon
March 01
23 Vayakhel-Pekudei
Rabbi Charles Simon
March 08
24 Vayikra
Stan Greenspan and Tom Sudow
March 15
26 Shabbat Chol Ha-Moed Passover
Rabbi Charles Simon
March 29
27 Shemini
Rabbi David Wise
April 5
28 Tazria-Metzora
Rabbi Ita Paskind
April 12
29 Emor
Rabbi Micah Peltz
April 26
30 Behar-Bechukotai
Rabbi Charles Simon
May 3
31 B'midbar
Rabbi Aaron Bergman
May 10
32 Naso
Rabbi Catharine Clark
May 17
33 Beha'alotcha
Rabbi Charles Simon
May 24
34 Sh'lakh L'kha
Rabbi Wayne Allen
May 31
35 Korach - Rosh Chodesh Tamuz
Rabbi Daniel Dorsch
June 7
36 Hukkat
Rabbi Micah Peltz
June 14
37 Balak
Rabbi Wayne Allen
June 21
38 Pinchas
Rabbi Charles Simon
June 28
39 Matot-Masei
Rabbi Lionel Moses
July 5
40 Devarim
Rabbi Lionel Moses
July 12
41 Shabbat Nachamu
Rabbi Dan Liben
July 19
42 Eikev
Rabbi Catharine Clark
July 26
43 Re'eh
Rabbi Charles Simon
August 2
44 Shof'tim
Rabbi Wayne Allen
August 9
45 Ki Tetze
Rabbi Charles Simon
August 16
46 Ki Tavo
Rabbi Charles Simon
August 23
47 Nitzavim-Va-yelekh
Rabbi Charles Simon
August 30
The Third Year - 5772 (2011/2012)
1 Shabbat Shuva
Rabbi Charles Simon
September 30
2 Yom Kippur
Rabbi Charles Simon
October 7
3 Shabbat chol ha-moed Sukkot
Rabbi Charles Simon
October 15
4 Haftarat Bereshit
Rabbi Shai Cherry
October 22
5 Haftarat Noah
Rabbi Shai Cherry
October 29
6 Haftarat Lekh Lekha
Rabbi Charles Simon
November 4
7 Haftarat Va-yera
Rabbi Charles Simon
November 11
8 Haftarat Hayye Sarah
Rabbi Charles Simon
November 18
9 Mahar Hodesh
Rabbi Joel Schwab
November 25
10 Haftarat Va-yetzei
Rabbi Joel Schwab
December 2
11 Haftarat Va-yishlach
Rabbi David J. Small
December 9
12 Haftarat Va-yeishev
Rabbi Steve Kane
December 16
13 Haftarat Shabbat of Hannukah
Rabbi Abe Friedman
December 23
14 Haftarat Va-Yiggash
Rabbi Abe Friedman
December 30
15 Haftarat Va-Y'hi
Rabbi Charles Simon
January 6
16 Haftarat Shemot
Rabbi Charles Simon
January 13
17 Haftarat Va-era
FJMC V-P Stan Greenspan
January 20
18 Haftarat Bo
Rabbi Deborah Silver
January 27
19 Haftarat B'shallah
Rabbi Deborah Silver
February 3
20 Haftarat Yitro
Rabbi Deborah Silver
February 10
21 Shabbat Shekalim
Rabbi Baruch HaLevi
February 17
22 Haftarat Terumah
Rabbi Charles Simon
February 24
23 Haftarat Tetzaveh
Rabbi Rafi Cohen
March 2
24 Haftarat Ki Tissa
Rabbi Rick Sherwin
March 9
25 Shabbat Parah
Rabbi Murray Ezring
March 16
26 Shabbat HaHodesh
Rabbi Eric Solomon
March 23
29 Pesach VIII
Rabbi Jeff Pivo
April 13
30 Shabbat Machar Hodesh
Rabbi Ita Paskind
April 20
31 Haftarat Tazria-Metzora
Rabbi Yaier Lehrer
April 27
32 Special Commentary on Mordecai Kaplan 1
Prof. Mel Scult
May 4
33 Parashat Emor
Rabbi Brian Strauss
May 11
34 Parashat Behar/Be-hukkotai
Rabbi Aaron Schonbrun
May 18
35 Special Commentary on Mordecai Kaplan 2
Prof. Mel Scult
May 25
36 Special Commentary on Mordecai Kaplan 3
Prof. Mel Scult
June 1
37 Special Commentary on Mordecai Kaplan 4
Prof. Mel Scult
June 8
38 Parashat Sh'lach L'cha
Rabbi Leslie Lipson
June 15
39 Special Commentary on Mordecai Kaplan 5
Prof. Mel Scult
June 22
40 A Letter to the FJMC
Dr. Rela Mintz Geffen
June 29
41 Parashat Balak
Rabbi Charles Simon
July 6
42 Parshat Pinchas
Rabbi Charles Simon
July 13
43 Shabbat Hazon
Rabbi Dan Liben
July 27
44 Shabbat Nachamu
Rabbi Dan Liben
August 3
45 Parashat Eikev
Rabbi Charles Simon
August 10
46 Parshat Re'eh
Rabbi Wayne Allen
August 17
47 Parshat Shof'tim
Rabbi Wayne Allen
August 24
48 Parshat Ki Tetzei
Rabbi Wayne Allen
August 31
49 Parshat Ki Tavo
Rabbi Wayne Allen
September 7
50 Parshat Ki Nitzavim
Rabbi Wayne Allen
September 14
The Second Year - 5771 (2010/2011)
1 Rosh Hashannah
Rabbi Charles Simon
September 11
2 Yom Kippur
Rabbi Charles Simon
September 18
3 Sukkot
Rabbi Charles Simon
September 25
4 How did Early Christianity view the Pharisees?
Rabbi Charles Simon
October 2
5 A Commentary On Creation
Rabbi Ira F. Stone
October 9
6 The Second paragraph of the Shema: What’s it all about?
Rabbi Charles Simon
October 16
7 Creating An American Nusach
Chazan Alberto Mizrahi
October 23
8 The origins of the Priesthood
Rabbi Charles Simon
October 30
9 Hanukkah And Christmukkah
or
The Maccabees Are Rolling Over In Their Graves
Rabbi Benjamin Edidin Scolnic
November 6
10 Who and What Were the Maccabees?
Rabbi Benjamin Edidin Scolnic
November 13
11 Mattathias And The Fraternal Order Of The Jews
Rabbi Benjamin Edidin Scolnic
November 20
12 Hanukkah, the Maccabees and Me, A Response to Rabbi Scolnic
Dr. Rela Mintz Geffen
November 27
13 Regarding the Anousim in Portugal
Rabbi Jules Harlow
December 5
14 The Mystery of Ben Sira
Rabbi Charles Simon
December 11
15 Truth and Leaks
Rabbi Paul Drazen
December 18
16 THE KIPPAH QUESTION
Rabbi Wayne Allen
December 25
17 Happy New Year!
Dr. Ron Wolfson
January 1
18 A Little known Heroine
Rabbi Charles Simon
January 8
19 Tu B'shevat
Rabbi Charles Simon
January 15
20 Shabbat Shira (Special Edition)
Chazzan George Mordechai
January 16
21 Yitro
Rabbi Charles Simon
January 21
22 Mishna: Avodah Zarah 1
Rabbi Charles Simon
January 28
23 Mishna: Avodah Zarah 2
Rabbi Charles Simon
February 4
24 Mishna: Avodah Zarah 3
Rabbi Charles Simon
February 11
25 Mishna: Avodah Zarah 4
Rabbi Charles Simon
February 18
26 Mishna: Avodah Zarah 5
Rabbi Charles Simon
February 25
27 Unravelling the Mishnah of Tractate Megillah
Rabbi Ed Farber
March 4
28 Unravelling the Mishnah of Tractate Megillah, 1
Rabbi Ed Farber
March 11
29 Unravelling the Customs of Purim
Chazzan Alberto Mizrahi & Stan Greenspan
March 18
30 Unravelling the Mishnah of Tractate Megillah, Chapter 1. Mishnah 8
Rabbi Ed Farber
March 25
31 Unravelling the Mishnah of Tractate Pesahim, Chapter 10. Mishnah 1
Rabbi Barry Dov Lerner
April 2
32 Unravelling the Mishnah of Tractate Pesahim, Chapter 10. Mishnah 2
Rabbi Barry Dov Lerner
April 9
33 Unravelling the Mishnah of Tractate Pesahim, Chapter 10. Mishnah 3
Rabbi Barry Dov Lerner
April 16
34 True Grit: The Women Who Generated the Liberation from Egypt
Dr. Rela Mintz Geffen
April 18
35 Unravelling the Mishnah of Tractate Pesahim, Chapter 10. Mishnah 4
Rabbi Barry Dov Lerner
April 29
36 Unravelling the Mishnah of Tractate Ta'anit, Chapter 1, Mishnah 3
Rabbi David Greenspoon
May 6
37 Unravelling the Mishnah of Tractate Ta'anit, Chapter 1, Mishnah 4
Rabbi David Greenspoon
May 13
38 Introduction To Mishna Berachot
Rabbi Menachem Creditor
May 20
39 Mishna Berachot, Part 2
Rabbi Menachem Creditor
May 27
40 Mishna Berachot, Chapter 3, Mishnaiot 1, 2 & 3
Rabbi Menachem Creditor
June 3
41 Introduction to Mishnah of Moed Katan - Chapter 3 - Mishnayot 5, 6 and 7
Rabbi Adam Feldman
June 17
42 Mishnah of Moed Katan - Chapter 3 - Mishnayot 5
Rabbi Adam Feldman
June 24
43 Mishnah of Moed Katan - Chapter 3 - Mishnayot 6
Rabbi Adam Feldman
July 1
44 Mishnah of Moed Katan - Chapter 3 - Mishnayot 7
Rabbi Adam Feldman
July 8
45 Mishnah of Shabbat - Chapter 2 - Mishnayot 5
Rabbi Jay M. Stein
July 9
46 Mishnah of Shabbat - Chapter 2 - Mishnayot 6
Rabbi Jay M. Stein
July 15
47 Haftarah Matot - The 3 Weeks
Rabbi Charles Simon
July 22
48 Mishnah of Shabbat - Chapter 2 - Mishnayot 7
Rabbi Jay M. Stein
July 29
49 Devarim
Rabbi Charles Simon
August 5
50 Va'etchanan
Rabbi Charles Simon
August 12
51 Ekev
Rabbi Charles Simon
August 19
52 Re'eh
Rabbi Charles Simon
August 26
53 Shofetim
Rabbi Charles Simon
September 2
54 Mishnah Rosh Hashanah 3:7
Rabbi Wayne Allen
September 9
55 Mishnah Rosh Hashanah 3:3
Rabbi Wayne Allen
September 16
56 Mishnah Rosh Hashanah 3:3
Rabbi Wayne Allen
September 23
The First Year - 5770 (2009/2010)
All by Rabbi Charles Simon
1 Bereishit In the beginning October 17
2 Noah Noah (rest) October 24
3 Lekh-Lekha Go forth, yourself! October 31
4 Va-Yera And He appeared November 7
5 Hayye-Sarah Life of Sarah November 14
6 Toldot Generations November 21
7 Va-yetze And he went out November 28
8 Va-Yishlah And he sent December 5
9 Va-Yeshev And he settled December 12
10 Miketz At the end of December 19
11 Va-Yiggash December 26
12 Va-Yehi And he lived January 2, 2010
13 Shemot Names January 9
14 Va-yera And I appeared January 16
15 Bo Enter! January 23
16 Beshalach When he let go January 30
17 Yitro Jethro (abundance) February 6
18 Mishpatim Judgements February 13
19 Terumah Offering February 20
20 Tetzaveh You shall command February 27
21 Ki Tisa When you elevate March 6
22 Va'yakhel and Pekudi And he assembled / Accountings of March 13
23 Va'yikrah And He called March 20
24 Tzav Command! March 27
25 Pesach, day 5 special readings April 3
26 Shemini Eighth April 10
27 Tazriah and Metzorah She bears seed April 17
28 Acharei Mot and Kedoshim After the death April 24
29 Emor Say! May 1
30 Behar and Bechukotai On the Mount/In My statutes May 8
31 Bamidbar In the wilderness May 15
32 Nasso Elevate! May 22
33 Behaalotchah In your making go up May 29
34 Shelach Lecha Send for yourself June 5
35 Korach Korah (bald) June 12
36 Chukat Ordinance of June 19
37 Balak Balak (destroyer) June 26
38 Pinchas Phinehas (dark-skinned) July 3
39 Matot and Masei Tribes / Journeys of July 10
40 Devarim Words July 17
41 Va'etchanan And I besought July 24
42 Eikev Because July 31
43 Re'ei Behold August 7
44 Shoftim Judges August 14
45 Ki Teitzei When you go out August 21
46 Ki Tavo When you come in August 28
47 Nitzavim and Vayeilech Are standing/ And went September 4
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