Monday, September 1, 2014 Elul 6, 5774
Vayigash, Genesis: 44:18-47:27
By:
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
By:
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
By:
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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VAYETZE, Genesis 28:10-32:3
By:
Rabbi David Gutterman, Jewish Exponent Feature
This week, we encounter a word for the first time in our biblical tradition -- the word is chalom, which means "dream" in Hebrew. After a difficult interaction with his brother -- and at the insistence of his mother and ultimately the urging of his father -- Jacob high tails it for his uncle's house. But on his way to...
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