Tuesday, September 23, 2014 Elul 28, 5774

VAYAKHEL, Exodus 35:1-38:20
By:
Rabbi Joyce Newmark
I believe that one of the requirements of adolescence is that each generation of teens must find new and creative ways to annoy their parents and any other adult in the vicinity. In recent years, one such habit is the use of the word "whatever" as a response to almost any statement or question. "Whatever" means "I have better things...
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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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