Thursday, September 3, 2015 Elul 19, 5775

Outside Beth Sholom Congregation in Elkins Park, a sign roots for the home team, as it prepares to take on Tampa Bay in the World Series. Photo by Joanna Lightner
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BERESHIT,Genesis 1:1-6:8
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Rabbi Joyce Newmark
Eve has taken the blame for the expulsion from Eden, death and, in Christian theology, original sin. All this befell humanity because Eve was weak, unable to resist the serpent's seduction, and then Eve led Adam into sin. But Eve has gotten a bum rap. The rabbis are close readers of the Torah, and so we find this in the...
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Michelle Mostovy-Eisenberg, JE Feature
On Friday, Sept. 5, Shalom Zachmy, the ritual director of Beth Sholom Congregation in Elkins Park, began preparing the Torah scrolls for the first Bat Mitzvah service of the new season, when he noticed that a substantial number of the silver adornments were missing from the arks in the main and sisterhood sanctuaries, as well as from the chapel. The...
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HOL HAMOED SUKKOT, Exodus 33:12-34:26
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Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman
Not every culture recommends joy as wholeheartedly as Americans do. To hear us tell it, we're entitled to joy unbridled. We even have a detergent called "Joy" -- cleaning up should be joyful! Well, why not? Isn't it natural to seek out happiness? The quest goes back at least to Ecclesiastes (Kohelet, in Hebrew), who sought to maximize life by...
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For years, Cheltenham resident Larry Angert attended services practically every Shabbat, and found joy in the music and rituals, even as he struggled with the theological content of the liturgy. The 57-year-old grew up in the Conservative movement, tutored Bar Mitzvah students and sent his daughter to Jewish day school. But, roughly 13 years ago, Angert said he came to...
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