Tuesday, September 23, 2014 Elul 28, 5774

Acharei Mot-Kedoshim, Leviticus 16:1-20:27
By:
Rabbi Joyce Newmark
It is traditional to wish someone celebrating a birthday ad me'ah v'esrim -- "until 120." However, living a long life is not enough. No matter how many -- or how few -- years we're given, we want them to count. And with this week's double portion, the Torah describes God's prescription for a meaningful life. Toward the end of Acharei...
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By:
Aaron Passman. JE Feature
Though Sam Barriskell is nearly 70 years younger than Lilly Drukker, the 13-year-old was keenly aware that in a different time and place, her story could easily have been his. Drukker was only 11 when the Nazis annexed Austria in 1938, and on Sunday, she held Barriskell and an intimate group of his peers rapt at attention as she related...
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TAZRIA-METZORA, Leviticus 12:1-15:33
By:
Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman
From time to time, we encounter new strains of a virus that science is helpless to control. Imagine what it must have been like in ancient times, when almost every illness was like that. Tsara'at (usually translated as "leprosy," but including a much greater range of ailments of the skin) is the Bible's prime example. No wonder it is labeled...
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By:
Aaron Passman, JE Feature
There's a special pair of Holocaust survivors at Temple Brith Achim in King of Prussia. Originally from small Czech towns, the two spent the war in Prague before moving to London in the 1960s and arriving in Chester County in the early 1980s. Their story -- and that of thousands of others -- has affected countless lives around the world...
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By:
Joseph S. Finkelstein, JE Feature
On May 5 of each year, my father, Sol Finkelstein, declares, "Today is my birthday." Although he was born in September, Sol counts the start of his life from May 5, 1945 -- the day he was liberated from Mauthausen concentration camp. On that day, he emerged from a stack of corpses, under which he had been hiding from the...
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