Saturday, March 28, 2015 Nisan 8, 5775

Nitzavim, Deuteronomy 29:9-30:20
By:
Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman
Savvy real estate brokers have this advice: "Three things make for success -- location, location and location." I know little about such things, so I can hardly comment on this. But I can guarantee the validity of a parallel remark about Judaism. "Three things make for a successful relationship: covenant, covenant and covenant." From start to finish, the Torah is...
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By:
Michelle Mostovy-Eisenberg, JE Feature
On Sunday, Sept. 21, sunny skies and a mild breeze greeted the more than 70 people who'd gathered on the front lawn of Beth Sholom Congregation to honor the historic structure that towered behind them -- the Mt. Sinai-inspired synagogue designed by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright -- which has been recognized with a state historic marker. Just before noon,...
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By:
Louise Fiszer, JE Feature
Each Rosh Hashanah, as I set my table, I remember my mother setting hers with the new fruits of the season: a variety of apples, perhaps some pears and a bowl of dates and dried figs. This was in Brooklyn, where the pomegranates, fresh figs, avocados and persimmons that grace my holiday table didn't exist, except at fancy grocers that...
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KI TAVO, Deuteronomy 26:1-29:8
By:
Rabbi Richard Hirsh
This week's portion opens with an agricultural-calendrical reference that seems out of place as we come close to Rosh Hashanah. The portion describes the ancient offering of the first fruits (with its echo of Shavuot) and an obligatory accompanying recitation ("My father was a wandering Aramean ... ") that is included in the Pesach Haggadah. Traditional interpreters hold that the...
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By:
Michelle Mostovy-Eisenberg, JE Feature
Lauren Brody-Hyett and Samantha Safran have quite a few things in common: Both are rabbinical students at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Wyncote (Brody-Hyett is in her fifth year; Safran in her third) and both have known since they were young that they wanted to be rabbis. Together, though they're not yet ordained, they will share the role of spiritual...
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