Friday, April 18, 2014 Nisan 18, 5774
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Ryan Teitman
"I think that most of us feel that our souls are shriveled up, emaciated, starving creatures," said Rabbi Naomi Levy. Then, the seven-year congregational rabbi from Venice Beach, Calif., went on to disagree with that statement, describing the soul as strong, beautiful and, most importantly, eternal. For the health-care professionals, caregivers and members of the religious community who were listening...
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Ryan Teitman
Father Daniel Joyce of St. Joseph's University told a local audience last weekend about an experience he had in a church that was selling religious items paired with candy. The gift boxes included a rosary and a prayer book, along with chocolate pieces that were meant to be "rewards" for completing different rosary prayers. "We do have this sort of...
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Ryan Teitman
Barbara Victor was looking for a volunteer project to get involved with before Chanukah; she found her answer via the Jewish Family and Children's Service of Greater Philadelphia and its "Adopt a Family" program, which provides Chanukah gifts to those in need throughout the community. Victor had noticed that several synagogues were helping families in similar ways for Christmas, but...
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Ryan Teitman
More than 500 supporters from the Philadelphia area crowded into Har Zion Temple in Penn Valley last week to witness elected officials discuss Israel, homeland security and the future of international cooperation at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee's annual Salute to Congress. The event brought out both veteran and newly elected officials, including Senator-elect Bob Casey Jr., who gave...
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It's an age-old question: What does practicing religion have to do with being a good, ethical person? While working to formulate his own personal theology as a seminary student in the 1970s, Rabbi Ira F. Stone himself struggled with the notion of whether observing Judaism's commandments in itself leads to ethical behavior. "The Judaism I encountered up until that point...
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