Thursday, December 18, 2014 Kislev 26, 5775
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Sara N. S. Meirowitz
The subject was parshah Kedoshim, the Levitical holiness code, and I was attending my local egalitarian minyan, listening to a lay leader speak about the Torah reading. He was addressing the sensitive topic of the prohibition against male-male sexual relations, sharing a personal story about a gay friend's coming out. "As a modern Conservative Jew," he said, "I didn't know...
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Elie Kaunfer
Revelation is often considered the most intimate moment between God and the Jewish people. It is compared to a wedding, the culmination of a love affair, albeit a complicated one. But what if revelation were not a model for exclusive attachment but a narrative of universal relevance? How might that change our understanding of law-giving on Mount Sinai? Two midrashim...
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In preparation for Passover, Chabad of Yardley hosted a matzah-baking factory on March 25 at McCaffrey's Market. Young participants went through the entire process, from grinding the flour to tasting the results.
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Beads of sweat pooled on Joshua Nelson's face as he implored the sold-out crowd gathered for an arts-themed Passover seder to make "some freedom noise." "If you really want peace, let me hear you say 'Yeah!' " roared Nelson, the black Jewish "Prince of Kosher Gospel." "Yeah!" responded more than 200 voices, several people springing up to form a slow-moving...
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A Jew from the former Soviet Union who arrived in Philadelphia with two small children; a teenage victim of domestic abuse from Guatemala; a survivor of the Rwandan genocide; and an undocumented immigrant from Bolivia. These four immigrants all received assistance from local Jewish community members and have, in turn, found ways to help others. This year, local Jewish families...
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