Saturday, August 30, 2014 Elul 4, 5774

Va'etchanan, Deuteronomy 3:23-7:11
By:
Rabbi Steven Saks
The Ten Commandments are the best-known section of the Bible. In recent years, our society has debated what place, if any, the commandments should have in the public square. Yet we can ask a more fundamental question regarding these sacred commandments: "Are there really 10?" This week's portion lists the "Ten Commandments," but just as in the earlier listing of...
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D'VARIM HAZON, Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22
By:
Rabbi David Gutterman
When he was accused of incessantly harping on the past, Holocaust survivor and Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel responded: "Jews don't live in the past, but the past lives in us." The Jewish calendar does not just mark dates and events; it records the demeanor and tone of the Jewish people at any given time. The month that we have entered...
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MATOT-MASEI, Numbers 30: 3-26:13
By:
Rabbi David Gutterman
Chaim Weizmann was a prominent scientist and pre-eminent leader of the Zionist movement who lived in England for much of his life. He would, of course, eventually become Israel's first president. He was charged with advocating for the Jewish cause to the British-based Peel Commission. It was this commission, convened in 1936, which would discuss the advisability of ending the...
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By:
Rachel Silverman, JE Feature
Earlier this month, a dozen members of Beth Sholom Congregation in Elkins Park visited an old hidden synagogue in the Terezin concentration camp outside Prague. There, walking silently across the hallowed ground, the congregants began to memorialize the space in the best way they knew how: They sang. "We had to add our voices to the stilled voices of the...
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Once again, locals lament the end of an institutional era
By:
Jared Shelly, JE Feature
Faced with an aging congregation and changing neighborhood demographics, leaders of Beth Emeth-B'nai Yitzhok synagogue were forced over the last decade or so to implement innovative ideas to keep the shul afloat and in its home in the Northeast neighborhood of Oxford Circle. They offered free one-year memberships to all, and even contracted with several cell-phone companies to basically lease...
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Old York Road Temple-Beth Am
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Jewish Federation of Cumberland, Gloucester & Salem Counties
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