Saturday, July 26, 2014 Tammuz 28, 5774

Ki Tissa, Exodus 30:11-34:35
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Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman
Judaism is inconceivable without the concept of the sacred. We are commanded to augment the world's supply of holiness, and this week's portion explains how. After making the furnishings for the desert tabernacle, the Israelites are informed, "Whatever touches them shall become holy." The sacred, apparently, passes the way a lot of things do: by contact. How that happens becomes...
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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
On April 8, 1981, the last time that Jews observed a rare Jewish ritual revolving around the sun, the Phillies were coming off a World Series championship, and a new president was set to steer the nation out of an economic crisis. Sound familiar? Now, nearly three decades later, Jews are preparing once again to mark Birkat Hachammah, or the...
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In selecting Rabbi Steven Wernick, religious leader of Adath Israel in Merion Station, as its next professional leader, the Conservative movement's congregational arm is betting that the 41-year-old is the right man to steer the ship at a time of anxiety -- even upheaval -- in the movement. In the past two weeks, two separate groups of Conservative leaders have...
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Rabbi Richard Hirsh
Two sections of the Torah compete for our attention this week. The regular weekly portion is Tetzaveh and the additional reading from Deuteronomy corresponds to this being Shabbat Zachor immediately prior to Purim. The weekly portion deals with the details of the construction of the Mishkan (or tabernacle) for Israelite worship following the Exodus. The additional reading commands us to...
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