Friday, August 29, 2014 Elul 3, 5774

By:
Michelle Mostovy-Eisenberg, Staff Writer
Influential spiritual leader Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi explained that, as he approached his 60th year, there came a moment that he wasn't expecting and wasn't ready for: feeling an achiness all over his body -- a "cumulative tiredness." At some point, he related at a recent program, "you have to come to terms with your own mortality," and listen to your...
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VAYETZE, Genesis 28:10-32:3
By:
Rabbi Joyce Newmark
There is no doubt that Laban is the villain in this week's parshah. He takes advantage of Jacob's intense love for Rachel to make Jacob an indentured servant, and then deceives him by substituting Leah for Rachel and extracting another seven years of unpaid labor from his nephew. Later, when Jacob's unpaid service has been completed and they agree on...
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Toldot, Genesis 25:19-28:9
By:
Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman
If you have turned 40, you know it's no ordinary birthday; if you're not yet 40, pray to God you get there -- with appropriate trepidation. These thoughts on "40" are prompted by our parshah's curious insistence that Isaac married Rebecca when he was 40. Commentators are taken aback, if for no other reason than that 40 is pretty old...
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By:
Michelle Mostovy-Eisenberg, JE Staff
Northeast Philadelphia -- once a stronghold of the Philadelphia Jewish community -- has said farewell to yet another synagogue: After 113 years, Adath Zion Congregation has closed its doors and merged with Congregation Ner Zedek-Ezrath Israel-Beth Uziel on Bustleton Avenue, in the Rhawnhurst section of the city. Adath Zion president Neil Schmerling said there were several reasons why it was...
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Chayei Sarah, Genesis 23:1-25:18
By:
Rabbi Shomo Riskin
Throughout the three biblical portions that deal with Abraham's life, we read of the tensions between Abraham and Sarah concerning the treatment of Hagar and Ishmael. Given that the Ramban established that one of the central principles driving Genesis is that "the stories of the ancestors presage and foreshadow the history of their descendants," the interplay between these personalities is...
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Fri. Aug 29
Klein Jewish Community Center
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Fri. Aug 29
Old York Road Temple-Beth Am
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