Monday, April 21, 2014 Nisan 21, 5774
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Halacah, the Jewish code of law, operates as a legal framework like any other. There are complex, often very nuanced, rules to uphold, and hundreds of interpretations on how those rules should be applied. That's why there are jobs for people to translate that legal jargon into laymen's terms. For Orthodox Jewish women, these translators are called yoatzot halachah ,...
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While the Conservative movement's law committee may have confounded some by accepting what seem to be diametrically opposed positions regarding the status of gays and lesbians, a number of Philadelphia-area rabbis said the decisions did not come as a surprise to them, and that the rulings were in keeping with the denomination's tradition of tackling controversial issues within the framework...
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Every year on the eve of Shavuot -- the spring festival holiday that marks God's giving of the Torah to the Jewish people at Mount Sinai -- Jews traditionally gather to study, discuss and analyze a chosen set of religious texts. So in that vein, organizers of a July 3 event at Congregation Mikveh Israel wondered: Why not apply that...
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Sally Friedman, JE Feature
The subject didn't match the glorious spring weather on a recent Sunday at the Biomedical Research Building at the University of Pennsylvania. "Personal Experiences With Death and Dying" was the subject of the opening session at a two-day symposium sponsored by the University's Center for Bioethics, which recently marked its 10th anniversary with the symposium's umbrella theme of "The Legacy...
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For Sarah Kantrovitz, walking with her family to synagogue for Shabbat services has just become a much easier task. Early last month, her local synagogue, Congregation Beth Solomon Suburban of Somerton completed an eruv , a symbolic border that marks out an area within which observant Jews can carry things like books and keys outside their homes. "I have two...
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