Thursday, April 17, 2014 Nisan 17, 5774

By:
Rabbi Eric Rosin
When I interviewed to become the rabbi at Kesher Israel Congregation in West Chester just over two years ago, I quickly learned that ours is not a synagogue used to listening passively to a sermon. I'd been asked to deliver a short d'var Torah to the search committee, so I dutifully constructed a 10-minute presentation. The unspoken evaluation of my...
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KI TEZE, Deuteronomy 21:10-25:19
By:
Rabbi Jeff Sultar
This week's Torah portion contains more commandments -- 72, according to Maimonides' count -- than any other in the Torah. One of the most fascinating ones is this: "If you happen to come upon a bird's nest in front of you as you're walking along, in a tree or on the ground, and there are young birds, or eggs, and...
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By:
Ryan Teitman
Fifty members of Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel's Blue Bell campus celebrated a momentous occasion on Aug. 25: their one-year anniversary. With a dinner and Shabbat service led by Assistant Rabbi Peter Rigler -- and an Oneg with ice-cream and cake afterward -- K.I.'s Blue Bell members commemorated an entire year at a new place of worship, though still as members...
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By:
Sally Friedman, JE Feature
Down a narrow alley, past crumbling masonry walls in Cell Block 7, the doors to Eastern State Penitentiary's prison synagogue were open on a recent afternoon. Scores of visitors stepped inside to glimpse a remarkable sight: the remnants of a once-active sanctuary for the Jewish inmates. That sanctuary, which functioned as a place of worship until the 1960s, is now...
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SHOFTIM, Deuteronomy 16:18-21:9
By:
Rabbi Gary Pokras
If you want to live like a king, this week's portion, Shoftim, tells you how -- write a copy of the Torah for yourself, keep it with you all the time, and read in it all the days of your life. On the surface, the meaning of these verses is clear: A king of Israel must be guided by Torah...
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