Thursday, April 17, 2014 Nisan 17, 5774

Acharei Mot-Kedoshim, Leviticus 16:1-20:27
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Rabbi Michael Holzman
The second half of this week's double portion, Acharei Mot-Kedoshim, begins with some of the most exalted words of the Torah, "The Eternal spoke to Moses: 'Speak to the whole Israelite community and say to them, 'You (plural) shall be holy, for I, the Eternal your God, am holy.' " The words are beautiful, but do we know what it...
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TAZRIA-METZORA, Leviticus 12:1-15:33
By:
Rabbi David Gutterman
Allow me to share with you a concept I call Jewish "eTiquette" - and yes, I am deliberately spelling the word this way. Were you to ask what our tradition attributes as the first thing created by God, you no doubt would be tempted to go to the first verse of the Torah - the road map of creation and...
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Each new moon offers women's groups their modus vivendi
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On a recent Thursday evening, five women were sprawled out on Neely Snyder's living-room couch - their shoes off, and their feet tucked underneath them or resting casually on the coffee table. The conversation jumped from the fresh produce at the local farmers market to their Philadelphia neighborhood, Mount Airy, being featured on Page 277 of the April issue of...
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SHEMINI, Leviticus 9:1-11:47
By:
Rabbi David Gutterman
I'm sure your holiday was both delicious and loquacious. I trust that the brisket was sumptuous and the conversation equally so. It seems a tad hard to leave this theme, so indulge me once more. Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart once quipped (and by doing so, bequeathed to the cultural lexicon the following line): "I can't define it, but I'll...
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To honor the fact that the 36th annual Earth Day falls on Saturday this year, Jewish organizations around the country are encouraging the observance of an environmental Shabbat. The Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life, the Teva Environmental Learning Center and Jewish Vegetarians of North America, along with a number of other groups, have teamed up to encourage rabbis...
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