Tuesday, July 29, 2014 Av 2, 5774

A cookie here, a mini-loaf there ...
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Andrew Schloss, JE Feature
There's no greater pleasure for a cook than to share food with others who love to eat. Yet at Chanukah time, many overlook the treasure trove of gift ideas in their culinary repertoires. They run from store to store in search of the perfect gift, when all they really need to do is preheat the oven. Any recipe that makes...
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VAYESHEV, Genesis 37:1-40:23
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Rabbi David Gutterman
Do you recall Golda Meir's famous quip: "Why did God bring us to the only place in the Middle East without oil?" Let's think about that for a moment, and then think Chanukah. Because no other holiday is as dominated by this oil-slick motif as is the Festival of Lights. The menorah is optimally lit with oil per the Talmud's...
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While the Conservative movement's law committee may have confounded some by accepting what seem to be diametrically opposed positions regarding the status of gays and lesbians, a number of Philadelphia-area rabbis said the decisions did not come as a surprise to them, and that the rulings were in keeping with the denomination's tradition of tackling controversial issues within the framework...
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The Festival of Lights is rapidly approaching, and that means it's time for many Jewish families to deck their homes with Chanukah-themed dish towels, napkins, candles and tablecloths, all while braving the malls or hopping online to find the latest MP3 player or the hottest video game for the kids. It's no secret that Chanukah has become part of mainstream...
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It's an age-old question: What does practicing religion have to do with being a good, ethical person? While working to formulate his own personal theology as a seminary student in the 1970s, Rabbi Ira F. Stone himself struggled with the notion of whether observing Judaism's commandments in itself leads to ethical behavior. "The Judaism I encountered up until that point...
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