Wednesday, October 1, 2014 Tishri 7, 5775

OMER, Shemini, Leviticus 9:1-11:47
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Rabbi David Gutterman
This day on the Jewish calendar was momentous and writ large: Rosh Chodesh Nissan. The new month of Nissan had arrived, and with it came the dedication of God's Tabernacle. Though housing a physical structure, the Tabernacle was meant to be a focal point for engaging with a metaphysical yet profoundly felt Divine Presence. Its official inauguration was cause for...
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CHOL HAMOED, OMER, Exodus 33:12-34:26
By:
Rabbi David Gutterman
You're probably tempted to sing the words right now as you read; it is, after all, a sonorous "spiritual of old." "Free at last, free at last, thank God Almighty, we are free at last." But let's recall that we, the Jewish people, wrote the original score. We say it; we pray it -- so it must be true. Pesach...
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When Elaine Samans and her late husband, Edward, first moved to Broomall from Philadelphia back in 1951, that section of Delaware County was sparsely populated with only a handful of Jewish families living in the vicinity, recalled the octogenarian. But in a familiar postwar pattern repeated in cities throughout the country, more and more young Jewish families headed for the...
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The year was 1923. Living out in the "country," rather than on the crowded streets of Philadelphia, began to appeal to a sizable number of people, and some migrated to the suburb of Warrington, which was then predominantly farmland. For his part, resident Harry Cohen was longing for a place where his family could worship that would also be close...
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TZAV, SHABBAT HAGADOL, Leviticus 6:1-8:36
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Rabbi David Gutterman
Historically, it's been suggested, rabbis waxed oratorical and preached to their congregations on only two Sabbaths of the year: Shabbat Shuva and Shabbat Hagadol -- the former right before Yom Kippur, the latter before Passover. (Is this what people mean when they say: "Rabbi, how I miss the good old days!") Why is this week called "The Great Shabbat"? The...
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