Tuesday, October 21, 2014 Tishri 27, 5775

Our tradition offers up contradictory reasons regarding why Chanukah is celebrated for eight days. The Mishnah (the Oral Law - written down in the beginning of the third century C.E.) states that the holiday is celebrated because of the miracle of the oil. Yet the book of Maccabees - the account written by those who participated in the rebellion against...
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According to legend, Jewish freedom-fighters holding secret meetings while plotting against the Syrians, pretended they were merely gambling. Back then, people gambled with a top - called a dreidel in Yiddish - spinning it and letting it fall to see what letter appeared on top. That is why we play dreidel games at Chanukah; it's also why we hand out...
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By:
Jan L. Apple, JE Feature
The beauty and warmth of Shabbat stretched across an entire geographic region when a monthlong community initiative "Let's Celebrate Shabbat Across Bucks County" was observed at 12 area synagogues throughout September. While each participating congregation (Reform, Conservative and Reconstructionist) tailored programming to fit particular needs, the end result yielded what it had intended - the creation of family-oriented activities that...
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Like so many other Chasidim living in the Soviet Union, Baruch Mordechai Lifshits was a target of the authorities from an early age. So, it came as no surprise when the 21-year-old, just newly engaged, found a swarm of KGB agents looking for evidence of his "subversive teachings." They came to his home - displaying a piece of paper indicating...
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Torah Portion
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David Rabbi Straus
CHAYE SARAH, Genesis 23:1-25:18 The Torah portion this week, Chaye Sarah, which literally means "the lives of Sarah," opens by telling us of her death. In the opening verses, we read of Abraham mourning the death of his spouse and lifemate, and then preparing for her burial. Describing himself as a resident alien in the land of Canaan, he purchases...
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Religious Events

Fri. Oct 24
Share Shabbat Dinner
Congregation Beth El of Bucks County
6:45 PM
Congregation Beth El of Bucks County
Fri. Oct 24
Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel
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