Sunday, April 20, 2014 Nisan 20, 5774

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Jeremy Kriger's been out of college just a few years, but said that he's already forgotten how much of a strain it can be to sit in class all day. So, at the second annual LimmudPhilly, the 26-year-old environmental consultant noshed on a salted pretzel while his wife continued to sit in on a session. The graduate of Akiba Hebrew...
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VAYAKHEL-PEKUDEI, Exodus 35:1-40:38
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Rabbi Howard A. Addison
This week's regular portion concludes the book of Exodus, detailing the erecting of the Mishkan -- the sanctuary that accompanied the Israelites during their long pilgrimage to Canaan. The selection from the second Torah is called Parshat Hachodesh. Read each year prior to Pesach, it describes the instructions given by God to Moses and Aaron at the new moon of...
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KI TISSA, Exodus 30:11-34:35
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Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell, Jewish Exponent Feature
In many ways, Exodus can be considered the central book of the Torah. Following the description of Israel's miraculous journey out of Egyptian enslavement, Moses ascends Mount Sinai and receives the laws that will guide the people forever. The chapters that follow provide a detailed blueprint for creating a just society based on the laws that the people embrace. But...
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TETZAVEH, Exodus 27:20-30:10
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Rabbi Joshua Runyan
Names are incredibly useful; indeed, they are vital inventions. Without them, we would scarcely be able to communicate with each other or even identify objects in the world around us. This week's Torah portion has its fair share of names. There's Aaron and his sons -- Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar -- all of whom appear in relation to the...
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As cantorial program closes, many lament the end of an era
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Cantor Arlyne Unger readily sings the praises of the Jewish education she received at Gratz College. The 55-year-old, who serves in the dual roles of education director and chazzan at Beth Tikvah B'nai Jeshurun, a Conservative synagogue in Erdenheim, started out studying at Gratz's Hebrew high school as a teen. She also took undergraduate courses at the college and, years...
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