Monday, July 28, 2014 Av 1, 5774

Torah Portion
By:
Rabbi Gary Pokras
MIKETZ Genesis 41:1 - 44:17 This week we read Parashat Miketz, which describes Joseph's spectacular rise to power in Egypt and his eventual reunion with his family. We also celebrate Chanukah. So what does the story of Joseph have to do with Judah the Maccabee and the rededication of the Holy Temple? Well, everything. Let's begin with Joseph. The Torah...
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Cantor David F. Tilman, JE Feature
Halfway through the holiday, still looking for good gifts? Here are a number of new recordings for your Chanukah shopping list: The Philadelphia Orchestra's first release on the Ondine label, "The Philadelphia Orchestra/ Christoph Eschenbach," featuring "Concerto for Orchestra," by Bela Bartok; "Memorial to Lidice," by Bohuslav Martinu; and "Partita for Strings," by Gideon Klein, contains music that is meaningful...
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Though it's the youngest and smallest (in numbers) of the four branches of organized Judaism, the Reconstructionist movement is maintaining a steady growth in membership. The Elkins Park-based Jewish Reconstructionist Federation just approved the applications of three new congregations - Kol Tzedek in West Philadelphia; Or Zarua in West Berkeley, Calif.; and Shir Hadash in St. Louis - at a...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
A group at Temple Emanuel in Cherry Hill, N.J., has reportedly made history. With participants sprawled out across the synagogue's floor - and some bending over tables - 541 people were able to simultaneously spin their dreidels for 10 seconds, tentatively setting a new world record. The old one, as certified by the Guinness Book of Records, stood at 535...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
Even though artist David Danek worked for six months to build his version of the perfect dreidel, no lucky child will get a chance to give it a spin; this particular toy happens to be 8 feet tall. Standing smack-dab in the center of Doylestown, at the corner of State and Main streets, the blue, red and gold "Doylestown Dreidel"...
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