Tuesday, September 1, 2015 Elul 17, 5775

Process of writing one seems to 'wake the community up'
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Fredda Sacharow, JE Feature
With the scribe right beside him on the bimah guiding his hand, Rabbi Peter Rigler picked up the quill and oh-so-carefully filled in the Hebrew letter raisch -- "R" -- in the word Yisrael, helping to complete the Torah his congregation had embarked upon creating. As the ink flowed, the former assistant rabbi at Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel in Elkins...
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Sukkot's out, Simchat Torah's in. Festive meals incorporate traditional fare, as well as seasonal fruits and vegetables. The Jewish Holidays Cookbook by Jill Colella Bloomfield offers these two recipes for the holiday of Simchat Torah. If you have the time and energy, make them with your kids. They're sure-fire hits! Pumpkin Soup (Dairy) Pumpkin soup is a terrific dish. Add...
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Louise Fiszer
BEYOND CHICKEN SOUP Small lit candles inserted into red apples that perched on top of handheld Israeli flags constitute fond memories for me of Simchat Torah. Along with other members the junior congregation, I danced joyously in synagogue, waving those flags to commemorate the gift of the Torah to the Jews. But whatever did happen to all those apples? I'm...
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Rabbi Joshua Runyan
Shemini Atzeret-Simchat Torah You've spent seven days eating, drinking and perhaps sleeping in a walled, tent-like structure with a roof specifically designed to let in the rain and the sunlight. Over the course of the week, with the exception of Shabbat, you've gathered together a curious combination of palm branch, two willow twigs and three myrtle branches, and held it...
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Sukkot's suddenly so popular, due to environmental issues and new ease of celebrating
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In many ways, the sukkah booth that Leslie Sudock puts up every year in a "postage stamp-sized" backyard in Center City has become both an extension of her work as an artist and an expression of her own interpretation of Jewish tradition. Sudock, a 50-something lawyer, musicologist, singer and artisan -- who lives with husband Dan Drecksage near Fitler Square...
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