Thursday, July 31, 2014 Av 4, 5774
VAERA, Exodus 6:2-9:35 In the Torah portion Vaera, Moses confronts Pharaoh, and is faced with numerous defeats before Israel's religious and political redemption. Seven plagues are recorded in this portion, and, repeatedly, Pharaoh refuses to liberate the people of Israel after each one. We learn of blood, frogs, lice, insects, pestilence, inflammations and hail. At first, the plagues are a...
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Vayigash, Genesis: 44:18-47:27
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Rabbi Jill Maderer
Picture it. A man walks down Walnut Street, and sees an enormous electric Chanukah menorah atop a car driving down the road. His Jewish identity inspired, he returns home to search the Internet: What night of Chanukah is it tonight? When someone who is disconnected from Jewish life sees a Chanukah menorah and calls a synagogue, when someone answers an...
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MIKETZ, Genesis 41:1-44:17; Numbers 7:48-592
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Rabbi Lisa S. Malik
Parashat Miketz marks a real turning point in the Joseph saga. In last week's Torah portion, Joseph was in a "pit," literally and metaphorically. He was betrayed by his older brothers, having been lowered into a pit in the desert, cast into the depths of slavery and then thrown into an Egyptian prison cell. This week, the portion begins with...
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In celebration of its 50th anniversary, Temple Sholom in Broomall is creating its own Torah with the help of congregants, young and old. Rabbi Moshe Druin is assisting with the project -- one of many to mark the special year. Photo by Michele Frentrop
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VAYESHEV, Genesis 37:1-40:23
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Rabbi David Gutterman
Do you recall Golda Meir's famous quip: "Why did God bring us to the only place in the Middle East without oil?" Let's think about that for a moment, and then think Chanukah. Because no other holiday is as dominated by this oil-slick motif as is the Festival of Lights. The menorah is optimally lit with oil per the Talmud's...
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