Friday, July 25, 2014 Tammuz 27, 5774
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Two area synagogues have welcomed new additions to their bimahs, which amount to new homes for their Torahs. Chabad Lubavitch of Chester County: Jewish Center last week dedicated a brand-new, custom-built aron kodesh , or holy ark, to house its three Torahs. Similarly, a new ark has just been installed at Lubavitch of the Main Line's new building at the...
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Bamidbar, Numbers 1:1-4:20
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Rabbi David Gutterman
Allow me to share with you a true story. Many years ago, when I was a rabbinical student in Israel, there was a Knesset member who served on the education committee named Shulamit Aloni. She would later become the Minister of Education of the State of Israel. A self-avowed, ardent and proud secular Jew, her stated goal was to disentangle...
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BAMIDBAR, Numbers 1:1-4:20
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Rabbi Gary Pokras
This week, we begin a new book of the Torah and enter a new phase of our remarkable adventures in the wilderness as a people. In Bamidbar (which is both the name of our Torah portion and the Hebrew name of the book of Numbers), we begin with a rather involved census of the people, who are counted "by heads."...
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BEHAR-BECHUKOTAI, Leviticus 25:1-27:34
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Rabbi Robert Rubin
In many places in the Torah, we're told to help others. Special mention is made of the orphan, the widow, the stranger in the community and the Levite (who did not own land, but depended upon the tithes and gifts of the people). All of these people were vulnerable in various ways, and all needed help from others. Today, we...
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EMOR, Leviticus 21:1-24:23
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Rabbi Jeff Sultar
Why aren't we at Sinai yet? When we celebrated Passover, we re-enacted our liberation from slavery. This freedom, however, was never intended to be freedom from, but rather freedom to. Not freedom from slavery, but rather freedom for a purpose, freedom to enter into a new relationship of responsibility and holiness. This new relationship would begin at Mount Sinai. And...
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