Tuesday, September 16, 2014 Elul 21, 5774

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David Teutsch
In the powerful Unetaneh Tokef prayer, the High Holiday liturgy proclaims, "Repentance, prayer and tzedakah make the decree easier to bear." It seems clear that acknowledging error and connecting to God would bring spiritual strength that eases difficult situations. But why tzedakah? Perhaps it represents a commitment to making the world a better place. But how much tzedakah should we...
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When Michael Granoff enters a room, you can just feel the electricity. You get the same sense when he turns on his car. The founder of Maniv Investments LLC, and chief of oil independence policies for Better Place -- a key division of Maniv -- Granoff is a founding fueler of the electric car industry. He is in that better...
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Shofar So Good Rabbi Barry Blum Congregation Beth El-Ner Tamid in Broomall A man drives up to his home and presses the garage opener, but the door does not open. He keeps pressing the button, shakes and moves it in every direction, but the result is the same; the door remains closed. Along comes a Chasid driving his car and...
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Sarah Chandler, MyJewishLearning
NEW YORK -- For most adults, the central experience of Yom Kippur is fasting. By abstaining from food and drink, we exercise control over our bodies and do not give in to our most basic impulses. This makes it pretty easy to feel the "affliction" that the Torah mandates. But parents sometimes find it difficult to include children in the...
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Nearly 20 years after leaving his job in the government affairs office of the American Jewish Committee to start rabbinical school, Rabbi Mark Robbins is returning to the organization to head up its Philadelphia/Southern New Jersey regional office. Seating a rabbi at the helm marks a major change for the local AJC office. For decades, the local office was headed...
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