Sunday, April 20, 2014 Nisan 20, 5774

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David Teutsch
In the powerful Unetaneh Tokef prayer, the High Holiday liturgy proclaims, "Repentance, prayer and tzedakah make the decree easier to bear." It seems clear that acknowledging error and connecting to God would bring spiritual strength that eases difficult situations. But why tzedakah? Perhaps it represents a commitment to making the world a better place. But how much tzedakah should we...
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Did The Jewish Channel heed the shofar as a clarion call to start the new year with a blast in Philadelphia? So it is written -- it's right there, in the contract with Comcast -- that the national cable network known as TJC has just been wired locally for sound and sights, serving the region's Comcast digital subscribers. Must-see Jewish...
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Rabbi Joshua Runyan
ROSH HASHANAH, Genesis 22:1-24 Here we are, celebrating, literally, the "head of the year." Just as the head directs the body, so, too, Rosh Hashanah and how we approach this auspicious holiday influences the entire year. We bless each other with good wishes for health and success, we eat sweet foods in the hope that we know no more bitterness,...
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Sarah Chandler, MyJewishLearning
NEW YORK -- For most adults, the central experience of Yom Kippur is fasting. By abstaining from food and drink, we exercise control over our bodies and do not give in to our most basic impulses. This makes it pretty easy to feel the "affliction" that the Torah mandates. But parents sometimes find it difficult to include children in the...
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Don't let Maimonides catch you napping on Rosh Hashanah. His famous quote, "Awake, awake, you slumberers from your sleep, inspect your actions and return" -- usually found in the High Holiday prayerbook before the sounding of the shofar -- is meant as the ultimate shluf alarm, his righteous tap on your shoulder. But what if, while sitting in services one...
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