Wednesday, August 24, 2016 Av 20, 5776

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If there's any upshot at all to the misunderstanding that grounded a small aircraft last week in Philadelphia -- and that most likely scared the wits out of two Jewish teenagers -- it's that the general public might now know a bit more about tefillin. A 17-year-old Orthodox Jew donned his phylacteries to recite morning prayers during a Jan. 21...
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Beshalach, Exodus 13:17-17:16
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Rabbi Joshua Runyan
Geometry tells us that the shortest path between two points is a straight line. A glance at the geography of the Mideast shows us that the quickest route from the fertile plains of northern Egypt to Israel follows the Mediterranean shore. But this week's Torah portion opens with a curious detail: Instead of seeking the fastest way out of a...
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It's what all Haggadahs, old and new, have in common
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SPEAKING VOLUMES Every Passover, publishers unveil a string of the "newest" Haggadot, most of them capitalizing on a current societal trend that seeks to make the ancient book "more relevant" for a contemporary audience -- or, at the very least, more accessible. Over the last half-century or so, there have been Haggadot geared to the traditional family, the interfaith family,...
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BO, Exodus 10:1-13:16
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Rabbi Danielle Stillman
This week's portion continues the story of Moses and Aaron's negotiations with Pharaoh to free the Israelite people. The brothers return to Pharaoh again and again, each time threatening another plague: locusts, darkness -- and finally, the slaying of the first born. Each time, just as Pharaoh relents a little bit more, God hardens Pharaoh's heart, and he refuses to...
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VAERA, Exodus 6:2-9:35
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Rabbi Howard A. Addison
Once, two men were negotiating the sale of a mule. The seller claimed that the animal was hardworking and obedient. Two weeks later, the buyer, now irate, summoned the mule's former owner. "You lied to me! This beast is lazy and uncooperative. I can't get him to budge." Grinning, the seller whacked the donkey across the backside with a 2x4...
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