Sunday, April 20, 2014 Nisan 20, 5774

TAZRIA, Leviticus 12:1-13:59
By:
Rabbi Eric Rosin
One of the remarkable characteristics of our computer-dependent society is the way we've fortified the metaphors of our lives to the extent that they can replace the lives that we lead in reality. Unlike the tangible, "brick-and-mortar" bookstores, we can browse the stocked "shelves" of Amazon.com in the middle of the night, dressed only in our pajamas. Social networking sites...
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SHEMINI, Leviticus: 9:1-11:47
By:
Rabbi Gregory Marx
I can barely keep up with all the public apologies and political maneuverings engineered by some those trying to distance themselves from embarrassing associates and advisers. Recently, New York Gov. Elliot Spitzer, the champion of the poor and the downtrodden, resigned under a cloud of dishonor and shame. Then, a few days later, the new governor, David Paterson, publicly declared...
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Members of the Kol Emet Youth Group in Yardley recently participated in a mitzvah project: The sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders made fleece pillows for children, then donated them to St. Mary's Pediatric Emergency Room and to Pediatrics Express Emergency Room at Mercer Hospital in Trenton, N.J. Hard at work is eighth-grader Melanie Rose.
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By:
Michelle Mostovy-Eisenberg, JE Feature
It's a familiar Purim story: Esther, a young Jewish woman, famous for her beauty, is selected to become the new queen by King Achashverosh, and with assistance from her cousin Mordechai, later saves the Jewish people from annihilation by the wicked Haman. As this ancient story is retold each year on the 14th of Adar, youths and the young at...
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By:
Ami Eden
Children in costumes. Parents celebrating. Stories of massacres greeted with revelry. Sounds like a decent pitch for Hamas television -- if you switch the Hebrew to Arabic and ignore that it's the scene at most synagogues in the world on the night of Purim. To be fair, most of the Jews in the pews -- and for that matter, the...
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