Sunday, December 21, 2014 Kislev 29, 5775

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
By:
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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Weaving together traditions that date back centuries
By:
Aaron Passman
Liz Rubin's family had a Purim tradition when she was growing up in Los Angeles. Every year, she and her family would buy tons of candy, grape juice and hamantashen. They organized it all in the dining room, then put it together in themed packages for friends and relatives. "It was almost like a whole section of the house was...
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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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