Friday, April 18, 2014 Nisan 18, 5774

BAMIDBAR, Numbers 1:1-4:20
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Rabbi Gary Pokras
This week, we begin a new book of the Torah and enter a new phase of our remarkable adventures in the wilderness as a people. In Bamidbar (which is both the name of our Torah portion and the Hebrew name of the book of Numbers), we begin with a rather involved census of the people, who are counted "by heads."...
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For Sarah Kantrovitz, walking with her family to synagogue for Shabbat services has just become a much easier task. Early last month, her local synagogue, Congregation Beth Solomon Suburban of Somerton completed an eruv , a symbolic border that marks out an area within which observant Jews can carry things like books and keys outside their homes. "I have two...
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BEHAR-BECHUKOTAI, Leviticus 25:1-27:34
By:
Rabbi Robert Rubin
In many places in the Torah, we're told to help others. Special mention is made of the orphan, the widow, the stranger in the community and the Levite (who did not own land, but depended upon the tithes and gifts of the people). All of these people were vulnerable in various ways, and all needed help from others. Today, we...
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Over the years, Rabbi Elliot Holin of Kol Ami has promised his two older sons - Jonathan, 16, and David, 15 - that they would become B'nai Mitzvah in a building that was owned by the congregation. That, however, never did pan out; instead, the boys had Bar Mitzvahs at Gratz College. For almost a decade now, Kol Ami has...
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Conditions had become crowded at Congregation Beth Or's Spring House facility, a manor house the congregation has called home since 1974. With more than 1,000 member families and 700 children enrolled in its religious school, Sunday-morning Hebrew school became a logistical nightmare, even without factoring in the probability of a Men's Club or Sisterhood event at the same time. Now,...
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