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Leviticus Asks Tough Societal Questions

By Rabbi Joshua Waxman Parshat Vayikrah Every year around this time we complete our reading of the Book of Exodus and roll over into Leviticus. Suddenly, our...

Mirror Reflects More Than an Image

By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Parshat Pekudei “And he set the laver between the Tent of the Meeting and the altar, and put water there for washing....

The Taxman Cometh: Implications

By Rabbi Joel Seltzer Parshat Vayakhel If you drive a car, I’ll tax the street, If you try to sit, I’ll tax your seat. If you get too...

No Single Leadership Style Ideal

By Rabbi Alan Iser Parshat Ki Tisa In this week’s Torah portion, we encounter two very different leadership styles in the ways Moses and Aaron deal...

Grad Network Initiative Supports Shabbat

Soon after the Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha shooting, Lyssia Katan and a dozen of her friends gathered around a Shabbat dinner of challah, stuffed...

God’s Attentiveness Response to Need

By Rabbi Kelilah Miller Parashat Tetzaveh This week’s Torah portion, Tetzaveh, presents us with a long list of specifications for the vestments of the priests, who...

Synagogue More Than Just a Community Center for Jews

By Rabbi Lawrence Troster Parshat Terumah One of the major themes of the Bible is the concern with the place of God’s presence. As biblical scholar Baruch...

Wilmington Synagogue Leaving Longtime Home

Feb. 3 was a day for memories, emotion and a look toward the future for Adas Kodesch Shel Emeth of Wilmington, Del. The synagogue, which...

Rabbanit to Launch South Philadelphia Shtiebel

Rabbanit Hadas “Dasi” Fruchter has figured out why she’s moving to Philadelphia this summer, and that reason is the South Philadelphia Shtiebel. Fruchter, the Orthodox...

Justice for All Precedes Righteousness

By Rabbi Abe Friedman Parshat Mishpatim Last week I had the privilege of traveling with two of my uncles to Mobile, Ala., where they and my...