Thursday, December 18, 2014 Kislev 26, 5775
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Ryan Teitman
"I think that most of us feel that our souls are shriveled up, emaciated, starving creatures," said Rabbi Naomi Levy. Then, the seven-year congregational rabbi from Venice Beach, Calif., went on to disagree with that statement, describing the soul as strong, beautiful and, most importantly, eternal. For the health-care professionals, caregivers and members of the religious community who were listening...
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Ryan Teitman
Father Daniel Joyce of St. Joseph's University told a local audience last weekend about an experience he had in a church that was selling religious items paired with candy. The gift boxes included a rosary and a prayer book, along with chocolate pieces that were meant to be "rewards" for completing different rosary prayers. "We do have this sort of...
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Ryan Teitman
Barbara Victor was looking for a volunteer project to get involved with before Chanukah; she found her answer via the Jewish Family and Children's Service of Greater Philadelphia and its "Adopt a Family" program, which provides Chanukah gifts to those in need throughout the community. Victor had noticed that several synagogues were helping families in similar ways for Christmas, but...
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Ryan Teitman
During her years of volunteer work, Tarah Epstein Baiman worked hard at avoiding the very subject that had changed the course of her life: becoming an orphan after the deaths of her parents when she was just a teenager. At 16, she went to live with an uncle, and then with her grandparents. It was this experience that led her...
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At the religious school at Shir Ami-Bucks County Jewish Congregation in Newtown, Rabbi Eric Goldberg is trying to give his students a visceral connection to Israel by using something familiar to many of them -- dogs. At every class meeting, the children have been asked to bring in a donation for a tzedakah project supporting Pups for Peace, an organization...
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