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The Zombie Haggadah a Ghoulish Twist on What’s Usually Read During Passover

In an alternative universe of alternative facts, the story of Passover was not the exodus of the Hebrews from Egypt, but that of the...

Community Gatherings Often the Source of Greatness — or Great Harm

By Rabbi Peter Rigler Parshat Vayakhel-Pekudei This week we read a double Torah portion of Vaykhel and Pekudei. These relatively brief portions end the Book of...

Opening Space for Holiness

By Rabbi Shelly Barnathan Parashat Ki Tisa This week’s Parasha —Ki Tisa, Exodus 30:11 —34:35 — is filled with many gems. The Parasha opens with the concept...

Substance of Personality, Character Traits More Important Than Holy Vestments

By Rabbi Alan Iser Parshat Teztaveh Most of this week’s Torah portion is concerned with elaborate instructions for the making of the special garments for...

Fake News (Happy Purim!)

DISCLAIMER: These are joke articles written by the Jewish Exponent staff in honor of the holiday. Study: Jewish Men Most Likely to Resemble George Costanza or Newman ANITA...

Prepare for Purim With Parties and Parodies

Get your groggers ready and your taste buds prepped for hamantashen because Purim is almost here! The holiday begins March 11 and Philly starts celebrating...

Building a Relationship with God Requires the Melding of Outer Behaviors With Inner Essence

By Rabbi Simcha Zevit Parshat Terumah The essence of Torah is to teach us how to be in relationship to God. In our Torah readings these...

Concept of Covenant More Important Than Ever in Modern, Fractured World

By Rabbi Geri Newburge Parshat Mishpatim The Talmud (Gittin 56) tells the story of a man who wanted to throw a party, so he drew...

Humility Required Above All

By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin   Parshat Yitro In the time when the Torah was given, all religions were intimately connected with sexuality, temple prostitutes and orgiastic rites....

Examining Two Sides of One Staff Raises Issues of Both Evil, Compassion

By Rabbi Joel Hecker Parshat Beshalach “Raise your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea and split it apart, that the Israelites may come...