Tuesday, July 29, 2014 Av 2, 5774

By:
Sally Friedman, JE Feature
Down a narrow alley, past crumbling masonry walls in Cell Block 7, the doors to Eastern State Penitentiary's prison synagogue were open on a recent afternoon. Scores of visitors stepped inside to glimpse a remarkable sight: the remnants of a once-active sanctuary for the Jewish inmates. That sanctuary, which functioned as a place of worship until the 1960s, is now...
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SHOFTIM, Deuteronomy 16:18-21:9
By:
Rabbi Gary Pokras
If you want to live like a king, this week's portion, Shoftim, tells you how -- write a copy of the Torah for yourself, keep it with you all the time, and read in it all the days of your life. On the surface, the meaning of these verses is clear: A king of Israel must be guided by Torah...
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By:
Johanna Markind, JE Feature
According to Rabbi Vivian Mayer, the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College's vision of successful rabbinic training includes not only imparting knowledge to its students, but also "touching their hearts." To that end, the college recently hired Mayer to serve as director of both its Mekhinah Program and its Bet Midrash. As Tamar Kamionkowski, academic dean of the college, explains: "Vivie brings a...
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RE'EH, Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17
By:
Rabbi Ira Samuel Grussgott
Last month, an Irish architect unearthed an ancient Book of Psalms mired deep in the mud of a bog. The 20-page, 1,200-year-old manuscript was said to be the first discovery of a medieval document in Ireland in modern times. The book was found open to a page describing, in Latin, Psalm 83, in which God hears of other nations' attempts...
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EKEV, Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25
By:
Rabbi Lance J. Sussman
Israel became part of my active consciousness when I was 8 years old. In 1962, my grandmother's brother and his family came to visit us from Haifa. They had gifts for all of us. Mine was a huge Passover Haggadah with beautiful blue velvet covers and dramatic watercolor pictures that combined the ancient story of the Exodus from Egypt with...
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