Friday, August 29, 2014 Elul 3, 5774
Synagogues sponsor programs that teach the basics to all
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Fredda Sacharow, Jewish Exponent Feature
When Benjamin Sacks steps up to the bimah for his Bar Mitzvah in 2016, he and his family plan to use the blue yad -- or Torah pointer -- the 6-year-old made with modeling clay during a recent hands-on workshop. For now, the pointer -- adorned with bubbles, lightning strikes and rockets -- occupies pride of place in the Sacks...
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If there's any upshot at all to the misunderstanding that grounded a small aircraft last week in Philadelphia -- and that most likely scared the wits out of two Jewish teenagers -- it's that the general public might now know a bit more about tefillin. A 17-year-old Orthodox Jew donned his phylacteries to recite morning prayers during a Jan. 21...
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Some traditions at play at Main Line synagogue
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With a tallit draped over his shoulders and a guitar resting on his lap, Rabbi Ethan Franzel sat, eyes closed and completely still, in the dimly lit chapel at Main Line Reform Temple-Beth Elohim in Wynnewood. At 6:15 a.m. on Tuesday morning, darkness still enveloped the sky; the lights in the rest of the building hadn't even been turned on...
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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
On April 8, 1981, the last time that Jews observed a rare Jewish ritual revolving around the sun, the Phillies were coming off a World Series championship, and a new president was set to steer the nation out of an economic crisis. Sound familiar? Now, nearly three decades later, Jews are preparing once again to mark Birkat Hachammah, or the...
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For the Orthodox, it's more complex than it sounds
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Still a bit groggy from her nap, 5-year-old Shulamit Vered Levintov was all dressed for her lesson, sporting a bathing cap, swimsuit and flotation device; the only problem was she seemed to have no interest in getting into the pool. She'd taken a few steps down the pool ladder, but remained half in and half out for an agonizingly long...
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