Saturday, July 26, 2014 Tammuz 28, 5774

KORACH, Numbers 16:1-18:32
RABBI SHAWN ISRAEL ZEVIT The heat of summer is upon us, and two independence days (Canada, July 1; United States, July 4) surround Shabbat. It's certainly a week for celebration - of appreciating and articulating the gifts our democratic system has brought. It's also a time to take stock of who may not be benefiting from liberty. Earlier this month,...
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Temple Brith Kodesh renovated a duplex on Frontenac and Wellington streets in Northeast Philadelphia 50 years ago, taking what was just a house and converting it into a synagogue. Over the course of a summer all those years ago, members volunteered their time to design a sanctuary, build an office for the rabbi and create classrooms where the children could...
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Hoping, quite literally, for some kind of miracle, Jeff Landsman slipped a desperately scrawled note into a crevice in the Western Wall. On his first visit to Israel five years ago, the married father of two teenagers asked God for the strength to come out to the world as a gay man. "Everything I knew was unraveling faster than I...
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Though the Holocaust is a topic many find difficult to read about, let alone write about, 100 local sixth-graders tackled the challenge head on. In the 11th annual Holocaust writing contest sponsored by the local chapter of the National Council of Jewish Women, students at the Elkins Park School were asked to jot down their thoughts about the Shoah, using...
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Although Jewish causes were a significant part of his Brooklyn upbringing - his father was president of their Orthodox shul, and was also involved with the Zionist Organization of America; and his mother headed up a chapter of Hadassah - Richard Levine's family never really thought he'd become a rabbi. They assumed he would join the family's law office. Now,...
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