Saturday, March 28, 2015 Nisan 8, 5775

LEKH LEKHA, Genesis 12:1-17:27
By:
Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman
Here's a fantasy to indulge in. A lawyer knocks on your door and announces you've inherited a family estate you knew nothing about. The only thing standing between you and your landed fortune is proof of identity, which you gladly offer, and the inheritance becomes yours. Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev notes that our parshah's story of Abraham is like...
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NOAH, Genesis 6:9-11:32
By:
Rabbi Richard Hirsh
The narrative of the flood and the family of Noah occupies much of this week's portion. Compared to the previous portion that dealt with creation and the family of Adam and Eve, these early chapters deal not with the ancestors of the Jews but with the generic ancestors of all humanity. Adam and Noah represent a vision of creation that...
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Outside Beth Sholom Congregation in Elkins Park, a sign roots for the home team, as it prepares to take on Tampa Bay in the World Series. Photo by Joanna Lightner
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BERESHIT,Genesis 1:1-6:8
By:
Rabbi Joyce Newmark
Eve has taken the blame for the expulsion from Eden, death and, in Christian theology, original sin. All this befell humanity because Eve was weak, unable to resist the serpent's seduction, and then Eve led Adam into sin. But Eve has gotten a bum rap. The rabbis are close readers of the Torah, and so we find this in the...
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By:
Michelle Mostovy-Eisenberg, JE Feature
On Friday, Sept. 5, Shalom Zachmy, the ritual director of Beth Sholom Congregation in Elkins Park, began preparing the Torah scrolls for the first Bat Mitzvah service of the new season, when he noticed that a substantial number of the silver adornments were missing from the arks in the main and sisterhood sanctuaries, as well as from the chapel. The...
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