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From time-honored traditions to modern synagogue life, your hub for Jewish learning, holidays and text.

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Red Heifer Provides Guidance for Mitzvot

Some things in life are readily understood, while others have to be taken on faith. Through the principle of cause and effect, I know that...
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Visit to Israeli Site Opens His Eyes

 Jewish Federation has always received a lot of attention at my family dinners. No conversation between my mother, campaign vice chair Ellyn Golder Saft,...
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Mah Tovu: What Can We Do to Expand Our Tent?

In the midst of our book of wandering, a Moabite sovereign engages a seer from a distant land in the hopes of cursing and...
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There’s Something Broken About This Peace

This week's Torah reading begins by dealing with the aftermath of a horrific event at the end of last week's reading. God has brought...
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Rich and Seductive Text Adds Meaning to Pesach

As Passover concludes, we may feel quite full. We may have gathered around several tables and shared varied Passover meals. And we may have...
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When Encountering the Other, Try Respect

Each week in synagogue, we read a portion from the Torah and, alongside it, a portion from the Prophets, the Haftorah, which picks up...

Church Finds Sanctuary at a Shul

St. Peter's Church, a historic Old City Episcopalian congregation that celebrated its 250th anniversary last year, is currently holding services at Society Hill Synagogue.Church...

Funders Team Up To Boost Day Schools

The Narberth-based Kohelet Foundation is teaming up with the national AVI CHAI Foundation to provide up to $3 million in matching funds in an...
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There Is Great Meaning in the Flame

This week's Torah reading discusses details of the sacrificial service, the ancient Israelites' way of connecting with God. Although these passages may be of...
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‘Let All Who Are Hungry Come and Eat’: Do We Really Mean It?

Of all the words we utter at the Pesach seder, the word k'ilu (it's translated as two words, "as if") rings most important. The...