Wednesday, September 17, 2014 Elul 22, 5774
By:
Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell
BERESHIT, Genesis 1:1-6:8 Do you remember the first time you ever looked up into the heavens on a dark night and discovered that the sky was full of twinkling, magical stars? Whatever your age -- whether you were alone or with a sibling, holding the hand of a parent or other trusted adult -- do you remember your awe at...
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By:
Rabbi Joshua Runyan
Shemini Atzeret-Simchat Torah You've spent seven days eating, drinking and perhaps sleeping in a walled, tent-like structure with a roof specifically designed to let in the rain and the sunlight. Over the course of the week, with the exception of Shabbat, you've gathered together a curious combination of palm branch, two willow twigs and three myrtle branches, and held it...
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Process of writing one seems to 'wake the community up'
By:
Fredda Sacharow, JE Feature
With the scribe right beside him on the bimah guiding his hand, Rabbi Peter Rigler picked up the quill and oh-so-carefully filled in the Hebrew letter raisch -- "R" -- in the word Yisrael, helping to complete the Torah his congregation had embarked upon creating. As the ink flowed, the former assistant rabbi at Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel in Elkins...
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By:
Rabbi Danielle Stillman
SUKKOT There is something magical about a sukkah. It holds us inside its flimsy walls, decorated with lights and colors. Sitting inside, barely separated from the night, we are forced to make our own warmth and joy through steaming food, and the laughter of friends and family. The shelter is temporary, but through joy, we make it something more. During...
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By:
Rabbi Howard A. Addison
HA'AZINU, Deuteronomy 32:1-32:52 This week's portion, Ha'azinu, begins with an imperative -- "Hear!" Before his passing Moses composed an epic poem recounting the triumphs and travails of Israel's wanderings. He warned his listeners of the pitfalls that would lie ahead upon entering the Promised Land. Heaven and Earth were summoned as witnesses to a renewed covenant solemnized on the Jordan...
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