Friday, August 29, 2014 Elul 3, 5774

CHUKAS, Numbers 19:1-22:1
By:
Rabbi Joshua Runyan
It's a scene played out in countless homes around the world: Mommy or Daddy want Junior to pick up his toys, so they plead, cajole, maybe even bribe him. Finally, they demand it. Then comes the inevitable question -- "Why?" -- and its catch-all answer: "Because I told you so." To a child, that singular explanation is never enough. And...
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SHELACH-LECHA, Numbers 13:1-15:41
By:
Rabbi Howard A. Addison
When it comes to high drama, the beginning of Shelach- Lecha is unrivaled. It details the mission of the 12 spies Moses sent to investigate Canaan. We learn of the faithlessness of the 10 who disparaged Israel's ability to conquer the land contrasted to the faithfulness of Caleb and Joshua who recounted the divine care that had and would sustain...
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By:
Aaron Passman, JE Feature
When Rabbi Lisa Malik sits down with families to begin the B'nai Mitzvah process, one of the first things she does, she explained, is discuss the child's service project. Malik, who leads Suburban Jewish Community Center B'nai Aaron in Havertown, said that she used to refer students to the Youth Mitzvah Corps, a program run by Jewish Family and Children's...
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B'HA'ALOTEKHA, Numbers 8:1-12:16
By:
Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell
Every individual who grows up in a family with siblings knows that our primary relationships can retain power throughout our lives. Whether we are the eldest, the youngest or in the middle, each of us is shaped and challenged by the connections, or the disconnections, of our earliest years. The book of Genesis is filled with narratives of sibling rivalry,...
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NASO, Numbers 4:21-7:89
By:
Rabbi Joshua Runyan
NASO, Numbers 4:21-7:89 Getting there, they say, is half the fun. But what if it seems like you're not getting anywhere? In our fast-paced modern world, a few things remain agonizingly slow: the long line at the DMV, the Schuylkill Expressway at rush hour, the wait for contractions to progress to full labor. But in each of these cases, there's...
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