Wednesday, October 1, 2014 Tishri 7, 5775

MIKETZ, Genesis 41:1-44:17
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Rabbi Howard A. Addison
Decades ago, I heard a humorous tale from the late Rabbi Yaakov Rosenberg, who was known for his contributions both to Philadelphia and world Jewry. He cast a large shadow figuratively, through his accomplishments, and literally, through his considerable size. One year, when visiting Israel, the rabbi was waiting in line. Many of us know that "standing on queue" in...
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Do Conservative Jews need a new, perhaps even jazzier way to pray? Rabbi Steven Wernick, executive vice president of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, apparently thinks so. During his much-anticipated installation speech at the USCJ's biennial gathering, which concluded earlier this week in Cherry Hill, N.J., he called for the immediate creation of a movement-wide task force to tackle...
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VAYESHEV, Genesis 37:1-40-23
By:
Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell
Even though the dates of Chanukah change every year, we Jews welcome our Festival of Lights annually by reading the last parshah of Genesis, the tale of Joseph. This year, perhaps the lights of Chanukah will illuminate the often neglected story that seems to interrupt the Joseph narrative. Jealous of Joseph's special place in their father's heart, his 10 brothers...
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Cantor David F. Tilman, JE Feature
Music for Chanukah, which begins on a Friday evening this year, varies widely from the traditional to the modern, from the serious and sublime to the silly, from the liturgical to contemporary whimsy and humorous satire. Cantors and music educators strive to bring the joy of the festival into the homes of students and their families through the music they...
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Jeff Penfil, a Chester County dentist, readily admits that some may find it a little hokey that he likes to affix a giant menorah to the roof of his Subaru SUV -- and leave it there for the eight days and nights of Chanukah. As it turns out, the West Goshen resident doesn't have to go far to elicit some...
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