Tuesday, July 22, 2014 Tammuz 24, 5774
Chayei Sarah, Genesis 23:1-25:18 The old joke about Jewish holidays and rituals is that all of them conform to the same narrative: They tried to kill us. We survived (and even flourished). Now, let's eat! And when you think of the stories and the celebrations of Passover, Chanukah and Purim -- just to name a few of the prominent features...
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Rabbi David Gutterman, JE Feature
VAYERA, Genesis 18:1-22:24 Vayera contains one of the most famous stories in the Torah: the binding of Isaac. We read that story -- contained in this week's portion -- every Rosh Hashanah, and each year, we struggle with its content. We ask questions like, "If God asked me, what would I do?" We wonder, "How could any parent think of...
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Zach Pontz, JE Feature
The building at 40th and Spruce streets, an unassuming four-story twin that now bears a fading coat of paint, will soon be transformed into a state-of-the-art facility -- an expansion of the former Lubavitch House -- to better meet the needs of Jewish students on the University of Pennsylvania campus. That was the message delivered Sunday by various speakers during...
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Rabbi David Gutterman, JE Feature
LECH LECHA, Genesis 12:1-17:27 After a mere 11 chapters, the sacred story of our people this week takes a more particular and intimate turn. After having spoken of and recorded worldly and global events, the Torah turns to one man, one family and the unfolding drama of that family. Indeed, for the balance of our biblical journey, the Jewish story...
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Rabbi David Gutterman, JE Feature
NOACH, Genesis 6:9-11:32 You know the story. The rabbi was especially erudite and scholarly, well-read and well-spoken. In fact, he spoke eight languages ... all of them in Yiddish. The reality is that we don't live in a world in which English is the universal language. And running the risk of being accused of being an apikores , though Yiddish...
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