Tuesday, July 29, 2014 Av 2, 5774

By:
Mordechai Shinefield, JE Feature
On a recent sunny Sunday, Rabbi Mendy Cohen gathered with about 30 kids and teen volunteers outside Congregation Beth Hamedrosh in Wynnewood to transmute goats' horns into shofars. Decked out in safety goggles and workman's gloves, the rabbi from Chabad of the Main Line helped the young people measure the horns, cut them by hand with a hacksaw and drilled...
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Rabbi Howard A. Addison
KI TAVO, Deuteronomy 26:1-29:8 Ki Tavo begins by recounting the Rite of the First Fruits. Once the Israelites had settled the Promised Land, each farmer would annually bring his fruits to the Temple. He thanked God for liberation from Egypt, for the land of Israel and for that year's bounty. The Talmud describes parades arriving weekly from all over Israel...
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By:
Rachel Surden
REFLECTIONS "So, you're learning another dead language?" This was the ongoing joke in my house when I transitioned from my five years of Latin to my first summer of Yiddish. Yiddish -- a dead language? How could that be? I grew up surrounded by Yinglish and fondly recall the day I came home from school in 8th grade asking my...
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Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell
KI TETZE, Deuteronomy 21:10-25:19 A week ago, we marked the beginning of the month of Elul. Each day during this month of preparation for the Days of Awe is marked by the sounding of the shofar. Every year, these days challenge to rouse ourselves from the pleasures of summer, to return to the questions and reflection that will prepare us...
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Rabbi Joshua Runyan
SHOFTIM, Deuteronomy 16:18-21:9 Not imitating the other nations of the world is a fundamental Judaic concept. The Torah forbids bodily mutilation as a foreign practice, as it does several specific hair styles and idolatrous rites. The Jewish people, instead, should remain unique, pious in thought as well as action. So it comes as a surprise when in this week's portion,...
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