Saturday, July 26, 2014 Tammuz 28, 5774

Vayishlach, Genesis 37:1-40:23
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Rabbi Eliott N. Perilstein
An alternate title to the Torah portion last week might be this: "See Jacob Run." After what must have been a complicated upbringing that resulted in his deceiving his brother, Esau, and father, Isaac, Jacob runs away from home. His mother, Rebecca, advises him to get out of town to escape Esau's wrath -- and Jacob does, as fast as...
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Every year as Chanukah approaches, Center City resident Eleanor Levie pulls out a black crocheted vest that she spruced up by sewing on a larger-than-life chanukiah and dreidels.
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Just outside the entrance to Mikveh Israel's sanctuary, a display case houses replicas of letters to the historic congregation from three American presidents: George Washington in 1790, Abraham Lincoln in 1862 and Franklin D. Roosevelt, who in 1940 offered congratulations on the shul's 200th anniversary. These days, though, the focus at the Old City, Sephardi congregation that sits on Independence...
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TOLEDOT, 25:10-28:9
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Rabbi Joshua Runyan
It's never easy being someone you're not. But is it evil? Beginning with the forced sale of Esau's birthright to Jacob, progressing through Jacob's stealing of Esau's blessing, and ending with Esau's marriage to one of Ishmael's descendants, this week's Torah portion is a study in deception. Even a cursory reading would indicate that half-truths may be justified in some...
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Hayei Sarah, Genesis 23:1-25:18
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Rabbi Danielle Stillman
One of Webster's definitions of grace is "unmerited divine assistance given man for his regeneration." We often think of grace as a Christian concept, but Judaism also has a concept of undeserved lovingkindness from God. This is the Hebrew concept of hesed.
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