Thursday, April 24, 2014 Nisan 24, 5774

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A somber darkness envelops the sanctuary; prayers are read in muted candlelight, and the Torah scrolls are draped in black. At the 31/2-hour service on erev Tisha B'Av at Congregation Mikveh Israel in Center City, the normal prayer melodies are "replaced by the monotonous and heart-wrenching cadence" that evokes a sense of mourning, explained Rabbi Albert Gabbai. The holiday, a...
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MATTOT-MASE'EI, Numbers 30:2-36:13
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Rabbi Danielle Stillman
We live our lives with the best intentions. We do what we believe is right, and when we don't live up to our intentions, we try again. As human beings we strive to make a better world, individually and collectively, but as human beings, we inevitably fall short. How often do we promise ourselves that we will eat better, exercise...
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When Rabbi Julius Meles moved to Northeast Philadelphia to help launch Young Israel of Oxford Circle in 1954, the brand-new congregation couldn't afford to pay his salary. So, Meles decided, for practical reasons, to go into the glass business with his brother, installing windows and following in the footsteps of their father, who did similar work in Pruzsana, Poland. But...
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PINCHAS, Numbers 25:10-30:1
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Rabbi Howard A. Addison
Parshah Pinchas provides a rich pastiche of narrative and ritual law. It describes how Aaron's grandson, Pinchas, saved the Israelites from moral degradation by killing a prince from the tribe of Shimon who, together with a Midianite princess, brazenly led the people towards wholesale decadence. We learn of a new census of the Israelites, now standing on the eastern bank...
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KORAH, Numbers 16:1-18:32
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Rabbi Danielle Stillman
As oil continues to pour up into the Gulf of Mexico from a well dug deep beneath the ocean, we come to this week's portion, Korah, in which a group of rebels are swallowed alive into the depths of the earth. The image of these rebels going down into a chasm created by God sits side by side with the...
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