Friday, August 28, 2015 Elul 13, 5775
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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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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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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
With statistics showing that boys are more likely than girls to significantly decrease Jewish involvement after their Bar Mitzvahs, what can Jewish institutions do to keep young males active in synagogue and communal life? "Forty-seven percent of boys see their Bar Mitzvah as their graduation from Judaism. I don't remember getting a Judaism diploma at my Bar Mitzvah, but that's...
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Rachel Silverman, JE Staff
Ferne Fine acknowledges that she didn't have much of a formal Jewish education. The 72-year-old no longer belongs to a synagogue, and admitted that most of her familiarity with things Jewish came from watching her three children become Bar and Bat Mitzvahs. Still, Fine, a graduate of La Salle University, said she's thirsty for Jewish learning -- and not the...
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Congregation Beth El in Yardley recently honored its small but certain confirmation class. Pictured with Rabbi Jeff Pivo is this year's confirmation class: Amber Schweitzer (left) and Emily Marks.
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