Tuesday, April 28, 2015 Iyyar 9, 5775

At Shavuot time, tradition says: Think dairy!
By:
Ethel Hofman, JE Feature
Shavuot is the late spring festival that begins seven weeks after the first day of Passover. Agriculturally, it commemorates the time when the first fruits were harvested and brought to the Temple, thus the Festival of the First Fruits. Historically, it is the celebration of the giving of the Ten Commandments to Moses at Mount Sinai. Shavuot is generally associated...
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BAMIDBAR, Numbers: 1:1-4:20
By:
Rabbi Joshua Runyan
Ever had a bad neighbor? You know: the upstairs family that sounds like a herd of elephants at night? The next door workaholic who likes to get the mowing done before rush hour? While describing a census of the Jewish people and the role of the 12 tribes in transporting the Tabernacle, this week's portion also gives us a glimpse...
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Behar-Bechutokai, Leviticus: 25:1-27:34
By:
Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman
What makes a place sacred? "Sacred" is not as easily recognized as, say, "happy" or "dangerous." When cartoon characters chance upon sun-drenched streams that bubble with promise or darkened caves that fairly reek of monster habitation, we know exactly what these are. The sacred is not so easily pictured. Even Jacob didn't appreciate the presence of God when he stumbled...
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Recording star Rami Kleinstein made the move from his native New York at age 8 in 1970 to the desert storm that was the Mideast at a time when things, according to Dylan, were a'changin'. "I grew up influenced by the Beatles, a time of flowers in your hair -- and you take that with you," he says. Kleinstein's take...
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Lag B'Omer and Mother's Day come back to back -- and it's all about the food
By:
Etehl Hofman, JE Feature
Lag B'Omer, this year takes place on Tuesday, May 12, on the 33rd day after the second day of Passover in the midst of the seven weeks between Passover and Shavuot. ("Lag" is the Hebrew numerical equivalent of 33). For me and my husband, Lag B'Omer is a doubly special celebration. A few decades ago, we were married on Lag...
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