Thursday, August 28, 2014 Elul 2, 5774

TERUMAH, Exodus 25:1-27:19
By:
Rabbi Joshua Runyan
This week's Torah portion begins a bit like a bill of lading, listing all of the raw materials that went into the construction of the Tabernacle. All told, this movable sanctuary required "gold, silver and copper; blue, purple and crimson yarns, fine linen, goats' hair; tanned ram skins, [other animal] skins, and acacia wood; oil for lighting, spices for the...
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YITRO, Exodus 18:1-20:23
By:
Rabbi Howard A. Addison
Fear plays a controversial yet enduring role in our lives. While an Old Norse saying asserts, "Fear profits a man nothing," the Greek playwright, Aeschylus, observed that fear "must keep its watchful place at the heart's controls." The modern philosopher Bertrand Russell counted "those who fear life as three parts dead," while the British statesman, Benjamin Disraeli, claimed "fear .....
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Nine-year-old Leedaar Alon giggled as she lowered a bright light over a metal grasshopper, setting the solar-paneled toy into a nervous skitter. Behind her, other fourth-graders in her class at the Congregations of Shaare Shamayim raced tiny cars using the same "solar" technique. On Sunday, Hebrew lessons took a back seat as the entire religious school rotated through a series...
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By:
Rabbi Fred V. Davidow
The Israelites were "caught between the devil and the deep blue sea" when they reached the Sea of Reeds. Pressing from the rear was Pharaoh's army. Lying before them was an impassable barrier of water. The Israelites complained bitterly to Moses that he had not done them any favor by liberating them from slavery. They assailed him with a sarcastic...
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t's Tu B'Shevat -- make a seder!
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Eileen Goltz, Jewish Exponent Feature
SLICE OF LIFE Battle stations, it's time to get ready for the seder. Get the Hagaddah, matzah -- wait; we don't need matzah for a Tu B'Shevat seder. This fun, educational and not-five-hour-long seder involves eating and enjoying the fruits native to the Land of Israel. During the seder, it's typical to serve four different kinds (glasses) of wine, and...
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