Saturday, October 25, 2014 Heshvan 1, 5775

By:
Rabbi Elliot Kopel
The story of Purim plays out like a Hollywood film, with devious plots and sudden twists of fate. But like every great movie, it has a wonderful ending. Readers of the Purim story notice a powerful number of coincidences. The story, told in the book of Esther, takes place in the year 369 BCE, when King Achashverosh of Persia, in...
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TERUMAH, Exodus 25:1-27:19
By:
Rabbi Danielle Stillman
Two Shabbats ago, in the Torah portion Yitro, God appeared to the people in an awesome show of splendor from atop Mount Sinai. "All the people witnessed the thunder and lightning, the blare of the horn and the mountain smoking; and when the people saw it, they fell back and stood at a distance." Moses warned them not to come...
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By:
Aaron Passman
Throughout most of the year, David Forbes of Narberth is a mild-mannered accountant, but come Purim, things start to change. His brain brims with beats and his tongue trips over lyrics as he unleashes his hip-hop Hebrew alter-ego: the Notorious J.E.W., anyone? Or perhaps MC Forbes? Forbes, 32, has participated in the annual Purim schpiels put on by the Collaborative...
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Synagogues sponsor programs that teach the basics to all
By:
Fredda Sacharow, Jewish Exponent Feature
When Benjamin Sacks steps up to the bimah for his Bar Mitzvah in 2016, he and his family plan to use the blue yad -- or Torah pointer -- the 6-year-old made with modeling clay during a recent hands-on workshop. For now, the pointer -- adorned with bubbles, lightning strikes and rockets -- occupies pride of place in the Sacks...
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MISHPATIM, Exodus 21:1-24:18
By:
Rabbi Howard A. Addison
"And you shall be a holy people unto me." With these words from Exodus, one might argue that this week's portion encapsulates the essence of Torah. Nestled amidst a legal compendium covering a range of ritual, civil and criminal issues, this stirring phrase allows us to glimpse the goal of sanctified living. The Zohar actually refers to the 613 mitzvot,...
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