Tuesday, September 30, 2014 Tishri 6, 5775

St. Peter's Church, a historic Old City Episcopalian congregation that celebrated its 250th anniversary last year, is currently holding services at Society Hill Synagogue. Church leaders had long known that the building's roof would need replacement but when structural engineers discovered that the support beams were also compromised, they made the decision to exit the building temporarily. After hearing of...
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BALAK, Numbers 22:2-25:9
In the midst of our book of wandering, a Moabite sovereign engages a seer from a distant land in the hopes of cursing and thus defeating the Israelites. In the central irony of this fanciful tale that opens with the verb " vayar " (he saw), neither king Balak nor the hireling Balaam are able to "see" the Israelites. Balaam...
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HUKAT, Numbers 19:1-22:11
By:
Rabbi Joshua Runyan
Some things in life are readily understood, while others have to be taken on faith. Through the principle of cause and effect, I know that if I accidentally spill boiling water on my arm, it will burn my skin. I walk carefully with my cup of coffee as a result. But I trust that doing the right thing -- whether...
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By:
Jonathan Saft, First Person
Jewish Federation has always received a lot of attention at my family dinners. No conversation between my mother, campaign vice chair Ellyn Golder Saft, and grandfather, former general chair Bob Golder, can be complete without an update regarding what is happening in fundraising at the Federation. Over the years, for the most part, I sat at the table oblivious. Of...
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KORACH, Numbers 16:1-18:32
By:
Rabbi Danielle Stillman
Turn on the radio these days and you get an earful of the latest election news with the campaigns of President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney trading barbs on a near-hourly basis. In this environment of political oversaturation, this week's Torah portion, Korach, provides us with some juicy material to help understand our own role in the...
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