Monday, October 20, 2014 Tishri 26, 5775

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Dreams permeate the book of Genesis. From Jacob's nighttime visions of God to his son Joseph's use of dream interpretation in the service of pharaoh in Egypt, the Bible's first book captures the potential transformative power -- and, at times, the paralyzing anxiety -- brought about by the powerful images that inhabit, and often haunt, a mind at rest. Yet...
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The significant sum, raised since August, will be used to finance the growing congregation's expansion project, which includes plans for a new, larger sanctuary, a social hall and an enlarged kitchen. The money raised during this phase of the campaign is in addition to more than $2.25 million raised several years ago for the building fund, explained Rabbi Jeff Pivo...
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Carin M. Smilk, JE Feature
The program was billed as "In the Spirit of Family: The Universal Language of Grief." But there is nothing at all universal in the way the participating panelists have suffered, and words have provided little solace; for them, ordinary language just doesn't translate. What the three middle-aged women who sat on a podium together late last month do have in...
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Acclaimed author Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso (left) signs one of her many books for Beth Berman, director of the Richard E. Rudolph Jr. Preschool at Congregation Keneseth Israel in Elkins Park. Sasso, now based in Indianapolis, has roots in Philadelphia area; in fact, she was the first woman ordained by the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Wyncote. She appeared to discuss...
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When it comes to holiday decor, just what's kosher?
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It's been more than 18 years since the U.S. Supreme Court last examined whether or not decking out government property with Christmas and Chanukah symbols violates the notion of separation of church and state. The 1989 decision in County of Allegheny v. ACLU of Greater Pittsburgh wandered into the murky waters of determining what exactly constitutes a religious symbol. The...
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