Saturday, July 30, 2016 Tammuz 24, 5776

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As a child, Eric Goldberg remembers planting trees in plastic cups and attending mini-seders as part of religious school lessons on Tu B'Shevat. Now a rabbi at the same childhood synagogue, Shir Ami-Bucks County Jewish Congregation, Goldberg will help lead a seder this week intended not just for kids, but the entire congregation. As the world has grown more conscious...
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Over the past decade, Israeli artist Tal Shochat has scoured her homeland for the perfect cypress, plum, palm and other particular trees. Even after settling on an ideal specimen, she often waited patiently until the plant dripped with luscious fruit before photographing it, taking care to clean each branch first. From this painstaking process she compiled a series of large-format...
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Yoni Stadlin does more than just talk about honoring trees on Tu B'Shevat -- he devotes vacations to "speak" for them. A month ago, the 33-year-old Bala Cynwyd native flew to Northern California for his fifth stake-out high in the boughs of an ancient Redwood that would have been chopped down years ago if not for the continual presence of...
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BO, Exodus 10:1-13:16
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Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell
We live in the space between birth and death, between death and birth. For some, the span between our entrance into and our departure from the world is brief. Others are granted days that grow into years and decades. Parshat Bo reminds us how the life spans of individuals both mirror and challenge the life spans of nations and peoples...
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VAERA, Exodus 6:2-9:35
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Rabbi Joshua Runyan
Beginning with last week's Torah portion and continuing through this week's and those to follow, the story of the Exodus is full of miraculous wonders -- we read, in particular, this week of the first seven of the Ten Plagues -- a dramatic escape and an awe-inspiring finale at the Sea of Reeds. But if the whole point was to...
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