Saturday, September 20, 2014 Elul 25, 5774
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The Etz Chaim Center for Jewish Studies and the minyan it created nine years ago are parting ways. The Center City-based outreach organization is getting set to move to a smaller space, and dedicate more of its resources to staffing and programming. At the same time, the informal prayer group that was under its auspices has evolved into an independent...
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What began as one cantor's exploration into exactly what the Bible doesn't say about the matriarch Sarah has resulted, some 15 years later, in the publication of The Torah: A Women's Commentary , a feat that has been touted as a seminal moment in the history of biblical scholarship, as well as a considerable step forward in the decades-old push...
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A cold, steady rain fell as darkness descended, but the weather didn't dampen many spirits in the considerable crowd that had gathered. More than 120 people had been drawn to the Rhawnhurst section of Philadelphia to mark the birth of a new Jewish institution -- a talmudic yeshiva -- in a corner of the city that has seen its fair...
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Starting this month, the Etz Chaim Center for Jewish Studies is offering a new opportunity for young Jews to learn about their religion, its history and traditions, and the Hebrew language. The Etz Chaim Hebrew School will be offered at the center's Elkins Park location on High School Road. The school is geared mainly for children ages 6 through 13,...
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Does taking out a life-insurance policy hint at a lack of faith in God, and does it somehow betray the belief that God is both all-powerful and benevolent? Did Abraham's servant somehow violate Judaism's prohibition against sorcery or witchcraft when he asked for, and received, a kind of sign from God while he sought a wife for his boss's son,...
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